Apple is the latest tech firm that is jumping into the ‘digital wellness’ space. It has taken measures to help you and your family manage screen time. With the new features you can now have a better understanding of your children’s online activities and monitor it closely.
What can parents do in the new IOS 12 Iphone and Ipad?
1. Understand child’s online activities
The new IOS allows parents to look into:
How many hours children are spending on their smartphone.
Which apps kids use the most.
Parents will get a monthly report on their kids online activities.
Knowing how many hours your child spend on their smartphone can help you set screen limits to prevent screen addiction. When it comes to parenting in the digital age it is not just about the hours they spend on the phone but rather what they do online.
The new IOS allows you to look into the apps they use the most. If your child is below 13years old you must ensure that they are not signed up on any social media apps.
Do be aware that though some social media apps allow your child to login at the age of 13 there are inappropriate content floating around those platforms. For instance, TBH, Snapchat and Instagram
If you are in Europe then some social media apps such as WhastApp have raised their minimum age to 16 years old.
2. Get kids to switch off the screen
Apple have introduced a ‘Downtime’ option to limit children’s phone usage. Using this feature you can limit the time they spend on an app. For instance, if your child is spending a lot of time on YouTube, you can now set a timer on this app. Your kids will be notified how much time is left on the app and after the time is up they cannot use the app.