If your house is anything like our house, the argument about much screen time is appropriate for kids is a daily battle between parents and children. No matter how much screen time we approve, our kids always seem to want more and their reasons for wanting more time get more and more creative every day. Recently, we had the opportunity to try the Screen Time App and Wow!, this app is everything we have been looking for (and more) in a parental control app. Check our some of our favorite features of the Screen Time app, as well as the first time our kids realized the true powers of what a parental control can do.
Screen Time App – Parental Control App to Limit Kids Screen Time
Kids today love their screen time. Whether they're playing online with their friends or watching their favorite kid-friendly YouTube stars, tablets, mobile phones, and desktop computers are putting technology at the forefront of kids lives. While kids' lives can be enhanced by technology, it's important not to let too much screen time diminish real life exploration and discovery in kids' lives.
When it comes to our kids, they can easily get lost in their screen time when unmonitored and when they do, the excessive screen time makes them irritable and emotional. Plus, too much screen time means less physical activity which can lead to obesity and irregular sleep schedules.
What I love most about the Screen Time app is that it lets me monitor our kids' screen time even when I'm not home. There is a free version of Screen Time, and everybody gets 14 days to test out the premium features. I highly recommend purchasing the premium version, but if you choose to stick to the free version, you can still monitor what your kids are doing on their devices, and for how long. Here's the comparison of the free vs premium versions.
- Remote device monitoring
- Web and search history
- One device per child
- Daily web and app use reports
- App download approval
- App blocking
- Time limits
- Bedtime and school time restrictions
- Free Play mode
- Instant Pause (new!) – please be sure to include this feature in your post
- Reward with bonus time
- Homework and task lists with parent notifications for completion
- One account with unlimited devices
- Remote management
- Multiple administrators
- Uninstall prevention
Once the app is installed, you can set a daily screen time limit for your child(ren), choose the bed blocked hours so kids can mentally relax before bedtime, and even block out school hours to keep kids from playing at school if desired.
With the Screen Time app, kids can also earn more screen time by completing tasks you design for them. Behavioral tasks like doing a kind deed or completing daily chores are a perfect way to earn more play time.
Now I know I mentioned the time our kids realized the full potential of a parental control app, so here's how brilliantly the Screen Time app works.
During a recent trip to the store, just hours after I installed Screen Time, I received a panicked text from our oldest son. To be honest, at first I thought something went horribly wrong and he lost everything, but then the true benefits of the Screen Time app hit me. Then, the little stinks thought they'd just delete the app without asking, which was a big mistake for them. The final text of ‘It's all gone again.' was after they deleted the app.
Who has two thumbs and is the most hated mom in the world right now? This girl! I have a new campaign with the Screen Time app and it works wonderfully! Apparently, the kids went over their limit while we were at Costco. I was a nice mom and unlocked it from the store, but when the stinkers tried to delete the app it locked everything up again. Bwahahaaaa!!!
In addition to all the features above, I want to share how much we love the Instant Pause and Free Play features on the Screen Time app. Instant Pause lets you pause play instantly on the devices you choose no matter where you're at, and Free Play is a great way to reward and/or extend play time for those days well-behaved kids deserve a little extra time.