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Is Screen Time the Best iPhone Parental Control Tool?

Apple's Screen Time lets you know how much time your kids spend on apps, websites, and more. You can learn your kid's iPhone usage habits and set limits if you'd like to. However, you'll never know what your kids browse on websites and who your kids talk with on the internet.

The screen time limit is not enough at all if you want to keep your kids safe online. FamiSafe is an iPhone parental control tool designed for kids from 3 to 18 years old and provides all-around protection for them.

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What can you do with Screen Time on iPhone?

Below are what you can do with Screen Time on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch:

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Would you like to keep your kids away from their phones when it is bedtime? Downtime allows you to set up a schedule to block your kid's iPhone. When Downtime is on, only phone calls and selected apps are available for kids.
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Communication Limits
Worrying that your kids are communicating with strangers online? With Apple's Communication Limits, you can control who your children can communicate with via Phone, FaceTime, Messages, and iCloud Contacts. You will need to enable iCloud contacts to use this feature.
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App Limits
Feeling that your kids are obsessed with Call of Duty: Mobile? You can set limits to it with Apple's App Limits. Once the limit is reached, the app will be automatically blocked unless the passcode of Screen Time is entered.
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Always Allowed
Can I allow my kids to use Apple Health all the time? Using Always Allowed will make it possible. By default, Phone, Messages, FaceTime, and Maps are always allowed. You are free to choose the app you would like your kids to access even when the Downtime is on.
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Content & Privacy Restrictions
Do not want your kids to download an age-inappropriate app or browse adult websites? Apple has solved your troubles by introducing Content & Privacy Restrictions. You can set up restrictions on iTunes & App Store Purchase, apps and web content, Game Center, etc, to limit the content kids can access.

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FamiSafe: the iPhone Parental Control that is more than Screen Time

• Cross-platform: Supports Android, iOS, and Fire OS devices. Parents can connect up to 30 devices of different operating systems with one FamiSafe account. What's noteworthy is that you no longer need to have an iPhone to monitor your kid's iPhone.

• YouTube Content Detection: With this feature, parents can track explicit keywords on the titles, descriptions, and comments of the videos or channels their kids subscribed, liked, posted, or commented on. Parents will get alerts if any suspicious content is detected on their kid's YouTube watch history.

• Suspicious Photo Detection: Monitor the photos in kid's album and detect photos that contain nudity, pornography, or adult content. Once a suspicious photo is detected, parents will receive a notification.

• Smart Schedule: Set up different schedules for screen or app usages. Parents can choose a place like their kid's school to activate a schedule to block games or social media apps during school time.

• Website Filter: Block or allow specific websites, and provide 7 inbuilt websites database that covers Adults, Drugs, Gambling, Tobacco, and more topics. Parents are free to choose the category they would like to block or allow or add a new website.

• Location Service: FamiSafe provides Real-time Location, Location History, and Geofences features to help parents keep track of their kid's whereabouts. Kids can also invite their parents to share locations with them, which is feasible when parents are picking up their kids from school or stadium.

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24/7 All-Around Protection

FamiSafe runs on kid's device all day round to protect kids from both real-life and online dangers.

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Timely Alerts

Whenever an issue is detected, parents will receive immediate notifications on their end to view the details and take necessary actions.

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Privacy Protected

FamiSafe uses the RSA cryptosystem for secure data transmission. Your personal information is well-protected and only viewable by you.

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Three-day Free Trial

A three-day free trial is provided for the user. Test the app and see if it can meet your need before you make the purchase.

Highly Customizable

You can customize rules for features like Website Filter, Screen Time, Smart Schedule, Geofences, YouTube Content Detection.

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Live Chat Support

FamiSafe values our customers and aims to provide real-time service. Our support is available via email, telephone, and live chat.

How to monitor kid's YouTube content on iPhone with FamiSafe?

According to a recent survey conducted by Common Sense Media, the time teens spend on YouTube has reached around one hour per day. With so much time being spent on YouTube, parents need to keep an eye on what their kids are watching. Monitor your kid's YouTube Content on iPhone is not difficult with FamiSafe. Here are the steps you need to take.

Download FamiSafe from App Store/Google Play/Amazon App Store on your devices and your kid's first.
Complete the setup.
Go to the Features page of FamiSafe.
Click YouTube Content Detection.
Connect your kid's YouTube account.
Enable the category of the explicit word you would like to track or add your own word.
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How to detect porn photos on kid's iPhone with FamiSafe?

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FamiSafe's Suspicious Photos feature is designed to help parents monitor the album of their kid's iPhone and detect any photos that contain inappropriate content like nudity, sex, pornography. FamiSafe uses TensorFlow Lite deep learning framework for on-device inference, which only detects suspicious pictures and protects user privacy. Here are the steps to use FamiSafe's Suspicious Photos:

Download and install FamiSafe on your devices and your kid's iPhone first. FamiSafe is available on App Store, Google Play, and Amazon App Store.
Create an account for FamiSafe via the app directly. Log into your account on both devices and complete the setup.
Tap "Features" > "Suspicious Photos".
Turn on the switch to enable suspicious photos detection.
If any photos are detected, you will receive an alert under "Notification".

How to block different types of websites on iPhone with FamiSafe?

Even though Apple has its website content filtering, yet it is limited to three modes only: Unrestricted Access, Limit Adult Websites, Allowed Websites Only. FamiSafe's Web Filter, on the contrary, provides up to 7 different types of website databases that cover Adults, Drugs, Weapons. Crime & Death, Unethical, Gambling, Tobacco. To block different types of websites on iPhone with FamiSafe, you will need to follow the below steps:

Download and install FamiSafe on your devices and your kid's iPhone first. FamiSafe is available on App Store, Google Play, and Amazon App Store.
Launch FamiSafe and log into your account or create one.
Complete the setup on both the parents' or kid's device.
Turn on the switch to enable suspicious photos detection.
Choose the category you would like to block or allow. You can also add new websites under Exceptions to block or allow them.
If your kids are trying to access the websites you do not when need them to, you will receive notifications.
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How can I monitor my kid's iPhone with my Android?

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It is not unusual for parents and kids to have phones of different operating systems. However, if you, as a parent, are not using iPhone, you will not be able to track your kid's iPhone usage at ease with iPhone's Screen Time. As for this case, you will need FamiSafe to help. Here are the steps you need to follow.

Download FamiSafe from App Store and install it on your kid's iPhone.
Launch the app and log into your FamiSafe account if you have one. If not, you can create one via the app directly.
Grant access to FamiSafe by following the onscreen direction and install the MDM file.
After the setup is completed, download FamiSafe from Google Play and install it on your Android device.
Launch FamiSafe on your Android device and log into your FamiSafe account.
You can view your kid's location, set up restrictions for your kid's iPhone on your Android now.

How to check iPhone activity report with Screen Time?

iPhone's Screen Time feature provides daily/weekly Activity Report. To check the report, you will need to enable Screen Time on your kid's device first. Here are how to enable Screen Time.

Go to "Settings" > "Screen Time".
Tap "Turn On Screen Time".
Tap "Continue".
Select "This Is My Child's iPhone".
Next, you can set up rules for Downtime, App Limits, and Content & Privacy or tap Not Now to set up later.
Tap Use Screen Time Passcode, enter a passcode and re-enter it to confirm.
Enter your Apple ID and password to serve as a credential when you need to reset the Screen Time passcode.

After you enable the Screen Time, you can view the phone activity report by tapping Setting > Screen Time.

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How to restrict iTunes & App Store purchases with Apple Screen Time?

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Today, many apps provide in-app purchases for users to upgrade their service. For gaming apps, in-app purchases are for purchasing in-game tools. Parents can not provide a guide to their kids whenever they make the purchase. Luckily, with Apple's Screen Time, parents can now restrict the purchases.

Go to Setting > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions,
Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
Tap In-app Purchases and choose Not to Allow to block kids from making in-app purchases.
Parents can also block kids from installing or deleting apps from their devices.

Related FAQ

  • Protected by passcode, it is not easy to bypass the iPhone Screen Time.However, kids are smart enough to find some tricks to remove Screen Time or use some features restricted by Screen Time. Here are some of the tricks.

    1. Carrying out a factory reset on the iPhone to set it up as a new phone can remove Screen Time completely.
    2. Change the time of the system to get past the Downtime period.
    3. Use Siri to send messages after the time limit is reached for messages.
    4. There are third-party apps that will help them bypass Screen Time like ScreenTimeBypass, ByebyeScreenTime.
  • Currently, there are many iPhone parental control apps on the market. Among them, FamiSafe is the most comprehensive one that provides all-around protection for kids.

  • Not with Apple's Screen Time. Apple's Screen Time does not provide a block screen feature. However, you can use apps like FamiSafe to block kid's iPhone screens remotely. With FamiSafe, you can use the Screen Time feature to block the device on one tap or set up a screen usage limit remotely.

  • There are two ways to control your son's iPhone from yours.

    1. Set up Screen Time on your kid's iPhone by Family Sharing. You will need to have an iCloud account and set up a Family Sharing group as the Organizer. After that, you can invite your children to join the group. Then you will be able to set up restrictions on their iPhones using Screen Time. Note that one Family group can only have 6 members.
    2. Use third-party parental control apps like FamiSafe. All you need to do is download, register, setup and off you go.
  • To set parental controls on Safari iPhone using FamiSafe, parents can follow these steps:

    Use Screen Time:

    1. Tap Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.
    2. Enter your Screen Time Passcode.
    3. Tap Content Restrictions > Web Content.
    4. Choose the category you would like to enable: Unrestricted Access, Limit Adult Websites or Allowed Websites Only.

    Or you can use FamiSafe by following the below steps:

    1. Register a FamiSafe account.
    2. Install FamiSafe app on both kid's iPad and parent's phones.
    3. Make necessary settings on both devices.
    4. Tap Web Filter and block unwanted website categories.
  • Apple does not have an app for parental control. Instead, it has integrated parental control into its Settings. The parental control setting is named Restrictions for iOS 8 to 12 and upgraded to Screen Time for iOS 12 and later.

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