Screen Time Stories November 7, 2019

How to manage kids’ texts, calls, and contacts w/ Screen Time on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Apple is expanding its Screen Time software that gives parents more control of their family’s devices with a highly requested feature: the ability to manage kids’ texts, phone calls, FaceTime calls, and even contacts on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Read on for how to set it all up in iOS 13.3 and later…

Screen Time Stories August 8, 2019

Apple is now facing yet another antitrust investigation, adding to those already under way in the US and Europe.

The latest one is in Russia, and while the investigation is new, the controversy isn’t — relating to the way that Apple handles third-party parental control apps…

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Screen Time Stories June 10, 2019

iOS 13: How to set iPhone Communication Limits for your kid with Screen Time

A new Screen Time feature arriving with iOS 13 is Communication Limits which lets parents select what contacts their kids can talk, text, and FaceTime with. Read on for how iPhone Communication Limits work in iOS 13.

Screen Time Stories May 31, 2019

In the run-up to WWDC, Apple is coming under pressure from developers of parental control apps to announce an official screen time API at the event. The 17 developers say they were encouraged to apply pressure by ‘father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell.

Apple has been accused of deliberately blocking apps which compete with its own Screen Time feature, removing or crippling other parental control apps …

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Screen Time Stories April 29, 2019

Apple has now made an official statement confirming an earlier report that it had removed or restricted the majority of popular third-party screen time and parental control apps from the App Store.

The company did, however, deny that it was anything to do with competition with its own Screen Time app …

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Screen Time Stories April 24, 2019

Last week, 9to5Mac reported that Screen Time, and many other iOS features, are coming to the Mac this year. Following our report, designer Jacob Grozian has imagined what Screen Time might look like on the Mac when macOS 10.15 is released this year.

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Screen Time Stories February 13, 2019

Reducing screen time and ‘digital detoxing’ probably doesn’t help, says survey

Screen Time was one of the headline features of iOS 12, intended to help us monitor the amount of time we spend using our iPhones, and to set limits for ourselves. The latest 12.2 beta allows even greater control. But reducing screen time, and other approaches to so-called digital detoxing, don’t seem to be very effective …

Screen Time Stories January 31, 2019

We now spend more than a quarter of our lives online, shows Digital 2019 report

Digital 2019, a new report from Hootsuite and We Are Social, shows that the average person spends more than a quarter of their lives online …

Screen Time Stories January 28, 2019

One of the headline features of iOS 12 was Screen Time, a way to track the amount of time we spend using our devices. But researchers say that understanding screen time is not just about the hours, but how we spend that time.

How much of the time is positive? How much is harmful? Getting answers to those questions requires something both tricky and controversial …

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Screen Time Stories January 26, 2019

Apple released the first beta of iOS 12.2 earlier this week and we’ve already highlighted a lot of new features. One small but useful feature that hasn’t yet been widely noted is more granular control of Screen Time’s Downtime feature.

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Screen Time Stories December 23, 2018

Screen Time was one of the key features in iOS 12, and it does seem like something Apple is committed to as a focus of iOS going forward. Kids love their iOS devices, so it makes sense for Apple to continue to enhance ways to help parents going forward.

We recently learned that Apple has been cracking down on third-party apps that provide parental controls, so it got me thinking about how Screen Time could be enhanced to give parents greater control with iOS. Here are some ideas I came up with for Screen Time upgrades in iOS 13. If you have any more, please leave them in the comments. expand full story

Screen Time Stories December 5, 2018

With iOS 12, Apple launched a new Screen Time functionality for monitoring device and app usage. As part of that, TechCrunch reports today that Apple is cracking down on third-party screen time trackers in the App Store with stricter reviews and in several cases, removal from the App Store.

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Screen Time Stories November 13, 2018

The average American looks at their phone 52 times a day, up from 47 times last year. That’s one of the findings from the Deloitte 2018 Global Mobile Consumer Survey …

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Screen Time Stories October 19, 2018

Another week, another Jony Ive interview …

The Financial Times today carries a somewhat rambling description of a lunch with Apple’s design chief. Almost as much time is devoted to describing the food as it is to the interview itself, but there are a few interesting quotes along the way …

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Screen Time Stories October 1, 2018

On the heels of iOS 12’s public release last month, Apple’s Greg Joswiak sat down recently with Arianna Huffington to talk about the update’s new Screen Time feature. During the interview, Joswiak explains that the goal of Screen Time is to give users access to more data on their smartphone use that will allow them to change their behavior.

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Screen Time Stories September 26, 2018

One of iOS 12‘s headline features is Screen Time, which allows iPhone owners to limit the amount of time they spend using their devices on an app-by-app basis.

Of particular interest to parents was the ability to impose restrictions on their children – but it hasn’t taken long for kids to figure out how to bypass the limits …

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Screen Time Stories August 27, 2018

A large-scale survey found that some 54% of US teenagers, and 36% of parents of teens, felt that they spent too much time using their smartphones.

The majority of teens and parents alike reported that they felt that family members were distracted by their phone during in-person conversations at least some of the time …

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Screen Time Stories June 21, 2018

How to set up Screen Time as a parent on a child’s iPhone or iPad

iOS 12 introduced Apple’s new Screen Time platform to help users with spending their device time more deliberately. An important aspect of that is helping parents guide device use for their children. Let’s take a look at how to set up Screen Time on a child’s iPhone or iPad.

Screen Time Stories June 7, 2018

iOS 12: How to use Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

Screen Time is Apple’s new software in iOS 12 to help with providing more intentional device use and removing distractions. It will also serve to help parents manage and guide their children’s tech use. Follow along for how Screen Time works…

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