Kids Glued to Screens? Set iPad Screen Time Limit for Kids!
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Are you parenting digital natives? We understand the issues you are facing.Too much iPad screen time might be making your kid irritable and non-social. Tapping away at iPads for hours at a stretch, especially just before sleep, affects a child's mental well-being. The result? Your child does not interact much, is irritable and stressed, and does not helps around the house, etc.
Read this guide to know more about the effects of spending too much time on screen.
Thus it is high time you set up an iPad screen time limit. iPad has its array of features, but the article has one more solution that is easier to operate and offers a lot more protection. So, follow us through the end!
Is there A Child Setting in iPad?
Yes, certainly, there are parental controls on the iPad. iPad became serious about its parental controls with its iOS 13 version. Its 13th version launched many more parental controls that can help parents monitor and control their child's device usage.
Let's see all the controls Apple provides you as a parent:
#1: Content & Privacy Restrictions
These are a set of controls that let you restrict your child's actions in several ways. From limiting the iPad's functions like Photos to the movies and songs, the kid can access the apps like Insta and Facebook it can use and whatnot.
The various controls in this setting are:
- iTunes & App Store Purchases: This feature restricts the child from downloading/deleting any app and even from making in-app purchases.
- Allowed Apps: Your kid uses too much Instagram? This setting lets you control which app your kid can use. Restricted apps do not show up on the home screen.
- Content Restrictions: Worried about what your child is consuming. Use this setting to block R-rated movies or TV-MA rating TV shows. Similarly, books, songs, etc., can also be blocked.
- Privacy Section: The default apps of the iPad show up here. Like as we mentioned before, the Photos section. You can control whether your kid can access Photos or share them over social platforms or not.
Downtime is simple. Just set those hours of the day when you do not want your child to access your phone. Once the period is specified, tap on 'Set Downtime'. And you are done. Your kid will not be able to access the phone during those hours.
For instance, you can switch on this feature during nighttime to ensure your kid gets enough sleep.
And the good part is that your kid can still use certain apps you allowed during the downtime as well. Let's say calling and messaging can be allowed even during downtime. But how? This takes us to our next feature.
#3: Always Allowed
This feature lets you allow certain apps like calling and messaging even during downtime. You never know when you may need these apps. Thus, depending on your discretion, you can select specific apps that will always be allowed.
#4: App Limits
Again a handy feature. If your kiddo uses too many social apps or too much Netflix or, say, games, you can set a time limit for each category.
This feature allows you to set a time limit on every category of apps. Say you want to limit your little one's gaming time. Just select the games category and then scroll down to 'Time Amount' control. Here set the time limit and press Set App Limit. And voila! Your child can no more play games the whole day.
#5: Communication Limits
Through this setting, you can set limits on Phone, FaceTime, Messages, and AirDrop. So, if your kiddo is always on calls, you can put a check on it here.
Here, you can not only control communication while downtime but also during allowed screen time.
Thus, first, tap on 'allowed screen time.' Here you can choose whether your child can communicate with everyone or a selected few contacts.
Once done, go back and similarly, in the 'during downtime' section, choose who your kiddo can communicate with during downtime.
Below you can see another toggle of 'Manage Your Child's Contacts.' Toggle it on if you want to manage their iCloud contacts remotely.
Lastly, toggle 'Allow Contact Editing' on if you want to let your child edit their contacts and off if vice versa.
So, these were all the options to set up your child's iPad screen time limit. Let' see further how you can set iPad screen time limits.
How to limit your kid's iPad Screen Time?
We have already seen setting up iPad for children in the above section for most features. Thus now let's see how you can set up content & privacy restrictions for your child.
- First of all, tap on the Settings icon and open it.
- Then from the next window, tap on Screen Time.
- And now it's time to set up a Screen Time Passcode. To do so, tap on 'Use Screen Time Passcode'.
- Now enter a four-digit PIN when prompted.
- Now that you are all ready tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions.
- Now enter the passcode. You will need to enter the passcode each time you want to edit any screen time settings.
- Once done with the passcode, toggle on the Privacy & Restrictions setting.
- Now you have several settings you can change to make the iPad more secure for your child.
So, this was all about setting up an iPad for children. But as we mentioned earlier as well, there is one more way to set a screen time limit for your kiddo. Thus, let's introduce you to it without further ado.
FamiSafe And How It Can Help?
FamiSafe is a top app for your kid's safety. It allows you to remotely control screen time, track your kid's real-time location, and detect any inappropriate content on their device. See? A lot more than just screen time limitation.
- Web Filter & SafeSearch
- Screen Time Limit & Schedule
- Location Tracking & Driving Report
- App Blocker & App Activity Tracker
- YouTube & Tik Tok History Monitor; Video Blocker
- Social Media Texts & Porn Images Alerts
- Works on Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire
What sets apart FamiSafe from Apple's existing features are FamiSafe's easy user interface and all-around protection features which sadly Apple does not match- at least not under one head.
You can achieve a lot using FamiSafe. But let us limit our detailed feature list for screen time limitation features. Though later, we will also show a list of names of all the features of FamiSafe.
Here is what you can achieve with FamiSafe:
#1: Know The Stats
You can see everything regarding your kid's screen time from your device remotely! You can know their exact screen time on a per day/ week/ month basis. Not only this but how much time they have used each app and which app they used the most. Lastly, during which time of the day, they have the maximum screen time.
All of this insight will help you strategize how to plan restrictions on your little one's device.
#2: Apply Downtime And Mark Always Allowed Apps
You can apply lockdown on your kid's iPad for a specific time. What's more, you can set this as a recurring command. But there are always a few apps that your kiddo might need during the lockdown. You can whitelist such apps too.
#3: Inculcating Good Habits
With this feature, you can schedule when each of the apps can become restricted. And the particular setting that Apple does not provide is, you can set that certain apps cannot be accessed nearby home or school. So, if you would want so, your kid will not be able to access Netflix in or near the school.
#4: Lock Away Inappropriate Apps
Through this feature, you can block all apps inappropriate for a specific age with just one click. Let's say your little one is eight years old. So, you can block all apps with a 9+ rating, that too with a single tap!
#5: Get Notifications
Another feature of FamiSafe is that it sends you notifications whenever your kid tries to open a blocked app. So, you have a better insight and can secure your child from digital threats better.
These were all the screen time features of FamiSafe. But here is a list of all other features FamiSafe comes with.
To summarize, with the digital world getting more and more addictive, we need to keep our kid's screen time at bay. As we know, excessive screen time is adverse to the growth and development of any child. Thus, putting tools like FamiSafe in action is the need of time. If you are not ready for a paid version, we offer a trial version too.
If you need any help, contact us. We are all ears and would love to hear from you!