One of the quirks that parents often ask us about in Screen Time, is why the School Time Blocker can only be started in the morning. To parents using Screen Time it must have seemed weird to have this limits enforced.
When Steve was first developing the School Time feature for his kids he didn’t anticipate the demand from other countries and so a start time in the morning and end time in the afternoon/evening looked like it would work for most parents. Since then though we’ve had plenty of feedback from parents asking for more flexibility, and we’ve been listening!
In the School Time Blocker you can now set the Start Time to be any time in the AM or PM, the same for the End Time which can be set in the AM or PM. Hopefully this should help parents that are looking for a homework blocker or whose kid’s school starts in the afternoon.
If the end time is set before the start time then you’ll see a message like this appear.
These changes give parents flexibility to create a school schedule that suits them and their children. If you’re not already using the School Time feature then there might be other ways that you can use it:
- Help your kids concentrate on homework and set up a blocked period after school
- Get your kids to school on time and set up a blocked period before school
Get in touch and let us know if you have any other bright ideas.