Is New Instagram ‘Threads’ App Safer Than Snapchat?

by Screen Time Team on 16/10/2019

Stealing is the highest form of flattery, and Snapchat must feel incredibly flattered lately, because Facebook has just announced Threads, an app for Instagram that sounds, looks, and feels suspiciously like Snapchat. But there are a few important differences between it and Snapchat (the “self-destructing” image app) that parents should know about.

What Is Threads?

In Facebook’s words, Threads is a photo-sharing app for your Close Friends, that is, the people you’ve designated as a Close Friend on Instagram. In reality, it’s basically another messaging app, just more photography-based and tied to Instagram. Threads is as much a reaction to “finstas” or fake Instagrams – accounts that users share only with actual close friends – as it is to Snapchat.

Is Threads Safe?

Whether Threads is safe depends on your definition of “safe.” Leaving aside the fact that there are risks inherent to all social media, there are a few particular points of concern for parents. The first is “Auto Status,” an optional setting that will update a person’s list by drawing from location data, movement, and network connections to tell friends where a person is, in vague terms. The example Facebook gave was if you go to a coffee shop, Auto Status would update to “At a cafe” rather than giving a specific address.

The second concern is that friends’ lists aren’t shared with other users unless you tell them in person. If you’re worried about your teen’s less pleasant friends, this may be a way they talk to them without your knowing, for example. It is also not clear at this point whether Threads will share Snapchat’s parental controls.

That said, there are some upsides to the app. For example, users can’t contact users they’re not “Close Friends” with, so there’s no spam to deal with. And so far, there are no addictive features like Snapstreaks. But these advantages may not outweigh the downsides, for many parents.

Girl holding a pumpkin.

Should Parents Worry About Threads?

Worry? Probably not, but it’s worth looking at the settings of your parental control app and asking yourself whether Threads contradicts your family’s general rules. The app, in a broader sense, may not be around for long because the history of Facebook is littered with failed messaging apps. Remember the now-defunct Notify or Facebook Email? Still, however, parents should know what Threads is so they can decide if it’s acceptable for their kids to use.

It’s more a question of how it’s used and how that may intersect with your broader family agreement about phones, messaging, and media that should concern you. If there are certain people you don’t want your kids to talk to, Threads could be a problem. But Threads is designed to be curated, so if children are willing to share who their “Close Friends” are with you, then this may be a good introduction to the wider world of photo social media.

Finally, parents should consider the matter of privacy. One of the virtues of parental control apps is that they give kids a measure of personal freedom that’s lacking when you’re constantly looking over their shoulder. Instead of a guard, they have boundaries they can’t cross, and this can more effective in many families. Everyone needs some degree of emotional space, especially online, and Threads may be a useful way to grant it, within reason.

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Should You Create a Phone ‘Contract’ for Your Kids?

by Screen Time Team on 10/10/2019

There are many moments that mark kids growing up, in big ways and in small ways. Increasingly one of these turning points is a child’s first cell phone. Parents may understandably be hesitant to hand over an expensive and powerful device without setting some ground rules, and in some cases, a “family contract” covering phone use can make a lot of sense.

What Is A Family Phone Contract?

At its most basic level, a family phone contract is getting the rules down on paper. Like any contract, it contains the responsibilities of all parties involved, the cost of not fulfilling those responsibilities, and conditions for the contract to be renegotiated over time. The sample contracts floating around online generally include requirements for parents as well, usually underscoring that kids imitate parents, so parents need to set a good example and be responsible as well.

And like any contract, it can be somewhat contentious. We’ve all been in a situation where we’re handed a paper to sign and we resent the implication that we have to do so, that otherwise we can’t be trusted. Our children are no different. Still, the contract can have value, provided it makes sense for your family and provided you stick to it.

When Should I Consider A Phone Contract?

The usefulness of a contract really depends on two factors: How you think your family will embrace it, and how complicated a “deal” you have to work out for a cell phone in the first place. You know your family better than anybody, so there may be situations where you simply install a parental control app or buy a phone with limited function, lay down the law, and deal with any special exceptions later. And no contract can take the place of a long, clear discussion of your concerns and why your kids need to respect them.

Inevitably, though, nuances will start to present themselves as kids get older, make new friends, and start taking other steps towards new experiences like travel and after-school responsibilities. Here, especially if you’ve got detailed concerns, a contract might make sense just to help your kids figure out the rules!

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What Should Be In A Phone Contract?

It’s probably not the best idea to use a stock contract online; every family is different. Here are a few things to consider with your contract:

  • Whether device use for schoolwork counts towards overall screen time.
  • Where and how your parental control app is applied.
  • How kids can earn new privileges, and when you’ll consider granting them.
  • What happens if kids don’t meet their responsibilities, or you don’t meet yours.
  • When the contract can be reconsidered and why.

Every contract will be different, and different children within a family will probably have different contracts. Your teen driver with a job will have different rules than your preteen still riding the bus, for example.

One thing that shouldn’t be negotiable is a parental control app. Parental control apps give you more options, not just for enforcing a family phone contract but for addressing issues that might come up that the contract doesn’t cover. To learn more about how parental control apps can keep the rules in place, try ours for free!

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Kids and Phones: Is Gabb Wireless the Answer to Parental Concerns?

by Screen Time Team on 02/10/2019

The debate over smartphones and kids has been raging since the first iPhone debuted. And one startup, Gabb Wireless, argues that it has the answer: Make smartphones as dumb as possible. But is that a winning strategy?

What Is Gabb Wireless?

Gabb Wireless is a startup mobile network virtual operator, or MVNO, hoping to raise money via crowdfunding to launch a company with phones aimed at kids. The phones take the stance that the best way to protect kids is to limit what’s on the phone. As a result, according to Gabb, the phones have no browser, app store, games, or social media apps. You can make calls, send texts (but you can’t text pictures or video), manage your calendar, take pictures, listen to FM radio, use a calculator and that’s about it.

On the bright side, this means the phones are cheap, under $100. Additionally, it does offer unlimited talk and text and doesn’t demand any long-term contracts. So in certain situations, it’s a good deal, especially if all your kids do is talk and text. But there are some points of concern about Gabb’s claims and approach.

Does Gabb Have Drawbacks?

First of all, the company FAQ goes so far as to claim that the phone is “unhackable,” which is a boast that rarely survives contact with the open market or the inquisitive minds of children. Their devices are certainly hackable, and it’s just a question of when, how, and who.

Similarly, even if the phone is somehow impenetrable by hackers, that doesn’t mean there aren’t risks. If you’re concerned about who your children are communicating with via phone and text, there don’t seem to be any tools to block numbers or recover deleted records. 

Nor does Gabb discuss safety functions such as location tracking, and there don’t seem to be any parental controls built in. If you don’t want your kids texting at school, you’ll have to rely on their own good sense, since you can’t install a parental control app.

Mother and daughter laying together looking at a laptop and phone while smiling.

As your kids get older, they’re going to need more functionality. Teens will likely need a full-featured smartphone, and even preteens are finding that more and more schools are asking kids to use their devices to check their homework or do research. All this begs the question of why you don’t simply buy your child a flip phone, which has the same functions and drawbacks, and then transition them to a smartphone with parental control apps when they’re old enough.

The fundamental problem with this approach is that every household needs to work on the basis of trust and flexibility. While parents have the last word, kids need to understand that they can earn, or maintain, trust by understanding the basis behind the rules and following them. That’s the only way kids can form a healthy relationship with their devices that lasts into adulthood.

Connecting is a positive thing, and should be encouraged. And it’s up to every family how its younger members connect safely with the outside world and stay in touch with family. Parental control apps can help maintain a healthy balance. If you would like to learn how, Screen Time invites you to try us for free.

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Parental Control Apps Now May Help with Responsible Driving Later

by Screen Time Team on 25/09/2019

When your kids are in elementary and middle school, you’re probably not thinking about the day they’ll get behind the wheel. But that day is coming sooner than you might expect, and there’s one important way you can start preparing them now: Teach them to use their phones and tablets responsibly.

An Epidemic Of Distraction

The problem is distracted driving. Distracted driving has three pieces: Visual, where your eyes leave the road; manual, when you remove a hand or hands from the wheel; and mental, when your mind is on something else. Any of the three can be dangerous, and smartphones can potentially combine all three.

And to be fair to the kids, the adults aren’t setting a good example. The CDC estimates that 9 people are killed and 1,000 people injured due to distracted driving every single day of the year, and a study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that while only 1% to 2% of us text behind the wheel with any regularity, a shocking one in ten of us takes phone calls while driving. Keep in mind, chatting with a passenger also qualifies as distracted driving, so this is like constantly having a chatty someone in the next seat, waiting to pipe up at the wrong moment.

Fortunately, we can stop making these mistakes, and teach our kids not to make them in the first place.

Young woman speaking on the phone and holding a coffee mug while driving with her knee.

Focusing On The Task

Lead by example, when it comes to distracted driving. Set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” when you drive, and have a family rule that you’ll send a text to anybody in the family who might try to call that you’ll be driving and unavailable. If you do need to make a call, use a hands-free set or a voice assistant, and keep the call short.

Set rules beyond the road as well. Parental control apps can allow you to set rules such as no phone usage at dinner, or only limited uses during certain times of day where kids need to focus, like at school. You can do likewise by setting your phone to silent and leaving it in the other room.

When distraction becomes an issue, don’t just take the phone away, or use your parental control app’s instant pause feature. Sit kids down, explain what the problem is and make sure that they understand why, exactly, you’re concerned. Make it clear that they can earn back the privilege of phone time if they can prove they won’t be distracted, and block problem apps in the meantime.

For teens who are about to learn to drive, make it standard that they put their phones in Do Not Disturb and ensure that messaging apps and other distractions are muted. You may want to have them configure their settings so messaging apps don’t drop notifications on top of maps and other driving apps, so they’re not tempted to pick up the phone.

Distracted driving is the next frontier of safety behind the wheel, but kids don’t have to get lost in it. With responsible phone usage and the right mix of rules and parental control apps, kids can build a healthy and responsible relationship with their phones. To learn more about how parental control apps can help, try Screen Time for free.

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How Parents Can Block Apps on Their Child’s iPhone

by Screen Time Team on 18/09/2019

Every parent knows that with some toys, you either have to restrict how often they’re used, or take them away entirely, sometimes permanently. It’s true of iOS devices as much as video game consoles or other complicated toys. There are less draconian ways to keep kids’ device use under control, and they begin with device-issued parental controls. If you need to restrict or block an app, here’s how you can take care of it.

Educate Your Children

Safety and security depend heavily on what people do on their own, and this is as true of children as adults. Don’t just unilaterally set the rules and make the reasons behind them “because I say so.” Walk your kids through your concerns, the possible risks they face with certain apps or the user base behind them, and your reasons for putting the rules in place.

This won’t ensure that they never break the rules; kids will be kids. But if they understand the rules, and also understand that they can come and ask you if they can have an app and get an honest answer in return, this will reduce their inclination to break the rules just to break them.

Configure the Device

Every iOS device ships with a few tools and settings you can configure. You set a passcode and what aspects of the device you want this to apply to, such as installing or uninstalling apps, whether in-app purchases are allowed, and whether the phone is allowed to open specific apps.

Apple’s made a few decisions that may frustrate parents, however. First, this is a separate app entirely, not features integrated into the operating system. This makes the app vulnerable in a shockingly basic way; kids can just delete it off the phone, and all the settings and controls it implements go with it. Secondly, passcodes aren’t ideal protection methods, since anybody can guess at a passcode.

Mother and daughter paying together.

Use Additional Parental Control Apps

Back up Apple’s tools with a few of your own. Parental control apps offer more options, such as being able to “instant pause” a device, set a schedule for when a device can be used, and completely ban apps. Furthermore, their security is more robust than Apple’s, and they add an extra obstacle to breaking the rules; even if kids guess one passcode, they’ll have to be lucky twice.

Parental control apps are particularly useful because the best ones are flexible with your rules and your family. If you’ve got a preteen and a teenager, they’re going to have to use their devices in different ways, so you can set each up each device to fit their specific needs and your rules. 

Similarly, more and more schools are using “bring your own device” policies for classwork. Many ask kids to use their devices to do homework, so you may find the school year affecting your priorities. As your kids grow, your rules and systems can grow with them, so that you can give them new privileges or shift the rules as they demonstrate increased maturity.

Ensuring your family has a healthy relationship with screens allows you to build a stronger family and sets kids up for success in the future. To learn how the Screen Time parental control app can help, we invite you to try it for free!

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5 Features That Keep Kids Hooked on Apps and What Parents Can Do

by Screen Time Team on 11/09/2019

In the 40s and 50s, psychologist B.F. Skinner invented the operant conditioning chamber, better known as the “Skinner box.” You’ve likely heard of it: A rat is put in the box, and if it hits a lever, it gets a food pellet. The rat, over time, does nothing but work the lever. And while we’re more intellectually complicated than rats, social media and apps use similar techniques to keep kids and teens hooked. Here are five app features parents should look for, and how to manage them.

1. Push Notifications

Apps are desperate for your attention, and push notifications are a useful way of getting it. Even if you disable the pings and buzzes many notifications set off, they can still light up your screen, drawing your attention. Fortunately, notifications are under your control. For apps that aren’t crucial, you can simply shut them off. For notifications you find useful, you can configure them to only collect on your screen, and to avoid seeing them, put your phone with the screen down.

2. Likes

Facebook is reportedly considering doing away with Likes, or at least the Like count, and that’s probably a good thing. But Likes and similar features also touch off the brain’s reward center: we like attention, because of course we do. We’re all human. The best way to control this is to stay off social media in the first place. 

If that’s not an option, you can still set strict hours for when and how your kids can use it. Also, explain to children the difference between sharing news friends and family may care about and be interested in (which is a good use of social media) and sharing content to get attention.

3. Tagging

Tagging can be useful in the sense that it can inform members of a group event who “Jim” was, although it’s good etiquette to always ask people first before you tag them in a photo. And it can be useful for drawing attention to important posts. However, tagging’s dark side is that it can be abused to draw people into unrelated posts, keeping them on social media longer. The best way to deal with tags is to avoid social media that allows tagging, or to limit your time on sites that do.

Girl looking at her phone.

4. Gamification

This is often a buzzword, but it really just means making apps interactive in simple, fun ways. Apps might ask you to answer questions by swiping left or right, for example. If you know an app uses these techniques, the best thing to do is to simply not download it in the first place. It’s also important to be aware of times when these techniques sneak into non-gaming apps. For example, many dating apps try to “gamify” their content. And if your kids play age-appropriate games online, you can be sure that gamification has been dialed up to keep them playing.

5. Tying Apps To Other Apps

If you’ve ever tried to fully delete Facebook, you know it’s a lot harder than it should be. Often apps will work themselves into our lives by tying into other apps, either to share information or to require you to have an account on one app to use another. This keeps you from cutting off apps completely. But there are ways to lower the temptation to use “addictive” apps. If nothing else, you can remove the icon from the screen so that using them requires accessing the phone’s list of apps.

The first step to keeping your children from being hooked on apps is to understand the techniques app creators employ to keep them engaged. Additionally, education, parental control apps, and common sense make up the best defense against the addictive qualities of apps. To learn more about healthy screen usage and how Screen Time can help your kids achieve it, we invite you to try it for free.

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Parent Concerns Over YouTube Don’t End After FTC Fine

by Screen Time Team on 28/08/2019

In theory, data about children is not supposed to be collected online, under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. But according to the FTC, YouTube broke that law with its ad tracking tools. The FTC accuses the site of failing to protect kids’ privacy, bringing a multi-million dollar fine down on the Google empire that owns YouTube. While YouTube is making efforts to solve the problem, it only raises some wider questions about kids and the internet, and who should be responsible for them.

Is YouTube At Fault?

In theory, at least, there’s a YouTube for children, a walled garden called YouTube Kids, and the broader world of YouTube, which is supposed to be restricted to users over the age of 13. That said, this is largely an honor system that isn’t legally enforced; YouTube has no way of knowing who’s using a computer under a Google account, or even the real age of the person using an account.

Add to this that YouTube is a global platform, and that social attitudes for what’s appropriate for children, or for anyone, can vary from country to country. Content may be in English but may not be intended for English-speaking audiences, but rather as English lessons. Add to this that YouTube creators can range from people who sincerely want children to learn to cynical manipulators of the site’s algorithm to rack up the most views, with little concern about the content. Any parent who digs deep enough will come across some genuinely bizarre content nominally aimed at children.

All this means that parents have to take an active role on when, and if, kids watch YouTube.

Happy family sitting on a couch watching tv.

How Parents Can Take Control Of YouTube

Set rules as a family for YouTube. In some cases this might mean simply doing without the site altogether, or only using it to watch content embedded on blogs you trust. Also make clear what content is acceptable, what isn’t, and what kids should do if they come across something inappropriate.

Remove the main YouTube app from devices your children use, and install YouTube Kids instead. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

Configure YouTube’s parental controls to limit what content kids see. Again, these controls aren’t as detailed as some parents prefer, but they do offer a layer of protection that keeps kids from accessing content.

Set up parental control apps to keep YouTube, and attempts to use YouTube through your computer’s browser, to a minimum.

Stick to vetted brands and block live-streaming content, especially from individuals. Even the most seemingly child-friendly YouTuber can slip into bizarre or inappropriate behavior after a bad day. Vetted content from providers like Disney or Nickelodeon is far less likely to offer objectionable behavior.

Remember, this will be an ongoing process. As kids grow and become adults, they’ll need to look into topics independently, including topics that may make parents uncomfortable, either for school or for their own edification. So leave room to let the rules change and grow with your kids. But for the stuff that’s inappropriate for anyone, parental control apps can help. To learn how, try it for free!

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Should Screen Time at School Count Toward Kids’ Total Screen Time?

by Screen Time Team on 21/08/2019

As schools become more tech-savvy, kids are spending more time at computers, on tablets, and otherwise working with screens. But should that count as “screen time” for parents’ purposes? It depends on how much time is spent, and why you’re concerned.

Screens At School

First, you should figure out the total amount of screen time. Parents should talk to teachers about overall screen time use at school. Schools can vary widely on approaches here, but as a rule, kids won’t be spending eight hours a day tapping away at a laptop. Educators plan a broad mix of activities, including group discussions, free time, and study periods.

Kids, meanwhile, especially older kids, will likely be using screens during free periods to type up papers, research answers to take-home quizzes, and other educational pursuits. When using parental control apps, in fact, it’s recommended to ask teachers what the computer schedule is, especially if kids are bringing their own devices, and how often they have to work on a screen at school. Once you know that, then you should consider your overall approach.

Medical Or Social?

Broadly, parents’ concerns about screens break down into two categories. One, they’re worried their kids are giving themselves eye damage, or straining their necks, or any of a host of other potential ailments. Call this the “medical” category. The other is that they worry that too many games or time spent on social media will distract children from spending time with friends, reading books, and other enriching activities, in other words, social growth. Sometimes the two, of course, are intertwined.

Young teen sleeping at his desk.

Medical concerns are simple enough; if kids have red eyes, stiff necks, or other indicators they’ve spent too much time on screens, you simply need to prioritize school work. You should discuss your concerns with their teachers to ensure they’re given time to heal, and that they have alternates to tablets and computers.

Social concerns are a bit more complex. It’s easy to forget the adults aren’t the only ones in the family who come home after a hard day and want to do nothing more than zone out in front of a screen. Excessive screen use could be a sign of any number of things: Depression, struggling with school work, feeling socially isolated, or even just having gone through a tough day. Even the most extroverted of us, child or not, sometimes just wants to watch some TV.

Other times, it may have nothing to do with having fun. Especially as they get older, some kids may find themselves struggling to keep up with school work, either because there’s more expectations on them, or because they have other demands, like after-school activities or work. That can be its own issue, especially as excessive screen use can make it harder to learn.

If you’re noticing a change in behavior, then ask about it. Don’t push; leave the door open to talk if they want to, especially since some topics may be a struggle for kids to open up about. In some cases, though, you may need to turn to parental control apps to turn off the screen and start a conversation.

Parental control apps can be useful for moderating screen time, whether it’s to keep screen time saved for school or to keep kids from avoiding it. To learn more, try it for free!

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Yolo App for Snapchat: A Guide for Parents

by Screen Time Team on 14/08/2019

Snapchat hasn’t endeared itself to parents, with features like Snapstreaks that encourage using the app mindlessly. But a new addition, Yolo, is only going to make that dislike more intense. Here’s what you need to know about Yolo.

What is Yolo?

Named after the slang term (You Only Live Once), Yolo is an app that you sign into using your Snapchat credentials. Once you’re logged in, you use the app to ask for anonymous feedback. The user doesn’t know who’s weighing in, and there’s not a way to find out at the moment.

What Are Possible Concerns With Yolo?

Unfortunately, as we all know from being on the internet, once people can offer an anonymous perspective, they’ll tend to use it to be as cruel as possible. Previous apps that offered this feature, such as Sarahah and YikYak, quickly saw bullying. Even without cruelty, though, disputes and arguments teens and preteens get into tend to burn brighter and last longer with the fuel of anonymous feedback apps.

How Can I Tell If Yolo Is Installed?

You should see Yolo on your teen’s phone. It’s not a part of Snapchat, but a separate app with a separate icon. If you believe the app has been hidden, open up the app store and search for Yolo; it should tell you if the app is installed. Alternately, parental control apps will tell you what apps are downloaded and used.

Parents looking at their phones.

Should I Allow Yolo?

Allowing Yolo, or any anonymous app, is ultimately up to each family. The questions you should ask your children, and yourself, are simple: Is this app worth what you get out of it? Are you being treated the way you want to from the app? Can you handle it if somebody takes the opportunity to be cruel or thoughtless?

If you do decide to allow Yolo, set ground rules. Your kids, regardless of their age, shouldn’t be answering personal questions from complete strangers, and you should be allowed to see what they’re being asked. And make it clear that if you don’t like what you see, you’re going to pull the plug.

How Can I Keep Yolo Off Phones?

To prevent your kids from using Yolo, you should use a mixture of strategies. First, you should make it clear to your kids that you don’t want them using Yolo, and why. Make it clear that you’re worried about their mental health, and leave the door open for discussion.

Next, use the phone’s parental controls to block Yolo. Most phone operating systems will allow you to block certain apps entirely, and since Yolo is separate from Snapchat, you can block one without disabling the other. Keep an eye on the app, though, as apps can change over time.

Finally, use third-party parental control apps to block Yolo and to keep kids from downloading it, and also to keep them from disabling other parental controls. Parental control apps like Screen Time from Screen Time Labs can also be used to constrain how often kids use Yolo if you think your kids can handle it, and you just don’t want your family distracted from other tasks.

Parental control apps can help settle disputes and keep children on an even keel. To learn more, try it for free!

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How to Transition Kids to School Year Screen Time Rules

by Screen Time Team on 07/08/2019

It’s almost time to head back to school, and for kids, that’s always going to be something of an adjustment. But one area you might see particular pushback is with tightening up the rules on screen time again. Here’s how to limit tears and arguments when it’s time to pick up books.

Review The Rules

Start by sitting the family down and going over what the rules were for the previous school year, and how they might change. This is also a good time to establish that they’ve stuck by the rules before, and the world didn’t end. If you have a rewards system as part of your rules, such as earning more screen time for chores, now would be a good time to address how that’ll work with school and homework in the mix.

Now is also the time to adjust the rules. As kids grow up, their needs will change; screen rules that made sense in elementary school may not work so well once they’re in middle school. Contact their school and ask how much computer time kids will likely need for homework and research in a given week, and factor that in when making decisions.

Ease Into It

Like any other change, easing into new rules helps. Start a few weeks before by instituting changes one at a time, making it clear as you go along which rule will be set up, and aiming to balance a range of activities, from screen time to going outside to reading. It’s best to start with something simple, such as lowering overall screen time over the weeks until you’re at a school-year level. The week before, institute any schedules you’ve planned, such as no screens between the start of school and the end, and you should be good to go.

Add In Activities

Screen time reduction is just one part of getting ready for school. As you reduce screen time, fill it in with the preliminary work that needs to be done for school. Even if kids have already read their books and filled out their worksheets, it’s still a good idea to sit down and go over their work.

Don’t forget that it’s never too late to deal with the “summer slide,” the loss of skills and techniques kids experience when they stop going to school. Finding fun, educational activities that get them back into the school mindset will help them excel once they’re back in class. And there’s nothing wrong with simply playing outside the way generations of kids have always done.

Child swinging on a swing.

Use Parental Control Apps And Settings

Even the best kids may sometimes be tempted, so back up your conversations and rules with both parents settings and parental control apps. Most devices and apps will have at least some form of setting parents can configure, but parental control apps will allow you to enforce schedules, block certain apps from being downloaded or deleted, and even “pause” access to the device if necessary.

Screen time will always be a point of contention between parents and kids, but striking the right balance, with the help of good rules and good tools, will help kids strike the needed balance between screens and the other fun and important things they need to do. To learn how it works, try it for free!

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