How Parental Control Apps Help at Back-to-School Time

by Anna Hughes on August 15, 2018
As the summer ends, a new school year is arriving. Like their kids, some parents are excited, and some feel trepidation, but for entirely different reasons. Especially when it comes to phones, it means a shift from slightly looser rules and free time to more rules and stricter schedules. If you need to ease the transition, though, it's fortunately easy to do with good communication, a little planning, and the help of parental control software.
Teenage girls at an outside table reading.

Kids need structure when going back to school.

What Do Kids Need?

The place to start is with the rules and requirements of the school. You’d think kids would be expected to leave the phones and tablets at home, but increasingly just the opposite is true. Kids are using their phones as part of class: to do research, to keep texts handy for open book tests without hauling a giant bookbag around, and so on. At the same time, it’s unlikely the school doesn’t have rules about kids playing games when they should be focused on schoolwork. Ask for a copy of the school rules and the expected schedule for your kids, and program it into your software so phone features are locked and unlocked as needed during the day.

Have A Talk

Once you’ve got those, go over them with your kids and discuss expectations about the school year and their workload. Set standards for kids that they understand and can abide by, like, for example, limiting phone time if they fall behind in their grades. They should understand what you, and their teachers, will expect of them in the coming months, so they can plan accordingly.

If certain apps or tools are required to be pre-loaded on their phone, this would also be a good moment for you and your children to set those up and start experimenting with them. Just like going through the reading list over the summer is a good idea, learning the apps now can save frustration on both their part and yours later. Take a little time to get the hang of your parental control software as well, especially useful features like remote locking for occasions when kids need to pay attention.

Classroom with young students.

Kids need to pay attention, and parental apps can help ensure that.

Set Up Schedules And Controls

Finally, you should set up schedules and rules you can enforce, such as no phone time before homework is finished, or that phone time is earned by getting assignments done early or when work on projects is squared away well before the due date. Consider incentives in particular if your kids have a heavy workload at school this year, because that will both keep them off the phone and smooth out any inevitable bumps in the intellectual road.

It’s key, before school starts, to set up their phones for success, using iPhone parental settings and parental control software to enforce the rules. Software should be configured to keep kids from downloading apps without your agreement, while leaving the door open to making emergency calls and using educational apps required in the classroom. Parental control software shouldn’t be a surprise, though. Make sure kids understand why you’ve set it up, what the rules are, and what they need to do to abide by them.

The switch from the freedom of summer to the hustle and bustle of the school year is never perfect. But with a little planning, some software, and a few conversations, you can make sure it’s a bit smoother. To get some hands-on experience with parental control apps, try it for free.

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Is the ‘Mobile Mindset’ Making Your Teen Self-Centered?

by Anna Hughes on August 8, 2018
With smartphones, it's all about you. Your social media, your messages, your gameplay, your needs, your wants. Unsurprisingly, that can set a tone for how we interact with the world. But are teens particularly susceptible to the “me first” mindset smartphones can promote, and how do you prevent it?
Teenager standing outside using his mobile phone.

Phones constantly demand our attention, no matter where we are.

Me First, Me Last, Me Always

Part of the problem is teens and kids are just naturally more prone to smartphone addiction. At their worst, smartphones are designed to relentlessly demand our attention with alerts, texts, calls, notifications and hosts of other ways to pull you away from whatever you’re doing in the real world and go back to the phone. Device use is particularly tempting in awkward social situations, and we can all agree that being a teen means encountering plenty of those.

The problem, of course, is over time, humans may become less interesting to kids than the various pings and dings a smartphone offers up. It’s a question of punching through the world that smartphones present, and getting your teens to consider their actions in a broader context. Or, of course, keep device dependency from happening in the first place.

Teenagers dining in a restaurant looking at their mobile phones.

Phones can distract from anyone, for any reason.

Popping The Bubble

Parental control software is a common way to keep the “self-centered” bubble from forming. Strictly limiting what apps kids can use and when they can use them will address the problem from one direction.

In addition, teach your kids, or have them teach you, how to go into an app or a settings menu and shut off unnecessary notifications, such as game alerts and “reminder” notifications from social media networks that want your time. Explain to them why these apps do this, namely to get your attention so you’ll look at ads. The good thing about these forms of manipulation is that once you’re aware of them, you can push them away easily.

Similarly, when you install parental control software, your kids should understand both why you have installed it, and the rules around the software. Rules like “no phones after bedtime” or “phones for homework use only after school” shouldn’t just be coded into the phone, but clearly articulated for your kids, with punishments made clear if they break the rules.

And remember, finally, that not all apps and games are bad. Some games are designed to bring groups of friends together in real life, such as Pokemon Go, while other apps allow kids to discuss their social situations with friends in a healthy way. You should talk with your kids about how they use their phones and who they’re interacting with. If the rules are clear and you’re involved, then you’re setting them on the right track to a healthy online/offline balance. To learn more about parental control and software that supports it, check out the Screen Time app.

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Your Teens May Want Help Curbing Their Smartphone Use

by Anna Hughes on August 1, 2018
A smartphone can be a useful tool for anybody, even teens. Smartphones can help them get jobs, stay in touch with friends who move away, and can help them with their schoolwork. But they can also trigger reward systems seated deep in the brain that we don't fully understand, and start cycles it can be difficult to break. When we first encounter these cycles, sometimes called “smartphone addiction,” we need help, and teens need it in particular, since they're fighting it for the first time. So how can you help?
Group of people using smartphones.

Teens love their phones, but they might need help putting them down.

Stop It Before It Happens

The simplest method is, especially if your teen is about to get their first smartphone, just to stop the problem before it starts. Use tools like Android and iPhone parental controls to block certain apps, set specific rules about when the phone can be used and for what purposes, and have clear and fair punishments in place when those rules are violated that you can enforce, like deleting apps and no phone at bedtime.

Have An Honest Talk

The first step is to give your teen some perspective. For example, if they’re checking an app or playing a game to the point it interferes with their homework, their job, and their social life, you should ask them about why this is. One important discussion to have is about the “Skinner box,” the infamous psychological experiment where a rat was put in a cage with a button that occasionally dispensed a treat, and which taught the rat to keep hitting the button, to the detriment of everything else.

Some argue certain apps are like these boxes, and while the science is more complicated with the human mind, it’s not a bad analogy. Social media and games offer us a small reward, such as a like or a powerup, and we keep playing. Once we become aware of the cycle, we can fight it.

Young teen looking at her tablet while leaning against fence.

Phones are useful, but they can also be addictive.

Make A Plan

Once your teen can face the problem, you can make a plan to solve it. This should involve a mix of parental control software, scheduling, and self-awareness. For example, if one app like Snapchat is the problem, you might delete the app, set a rule about when phones are allowed at home, giving your teen a little time to do work, answer emails, and so on, and then have a strict block on having a phone in bed. To enforce the rule, you might install an app to block the downloading of other apps, or certain apps, without your express consent via software.

Ideally, your teen will be on board with this plan. But if not, they should at least understand the reasoning behind it. A conversation about the problem is part of the solution, in this case.

While parental control software and Android and iPhone parental controls are incredibly useful tools, the key to stopping smartphone problems is to get your teen to admit there’s a problem in the first place. Once that happens, you can begin truly fixing the problem. To learn more about how to schedule phone time and enforce the house rules about phones, try it for free.

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The Risks of Sharing Vacation Photos on Social Media

by Anna Hughes on July 25, 2018
One of the most unexpected changes to the world smartphones have brought us is that now, cameras are everywhere and can share any image they take to the entire world instantly. The problem is that often this tells the world more about us than we care for it to know, and vacation photos are no exception. When planning a trip with your kids, it's important to talk about when, and why, to share vacation photos.
Family posting outside together for a selfie.

A selfie in the moment is great. But it doesn’t need to be posted.

What’s Wrong With Vacation Photos?

The main problem with vacation photos, at least if you share them while on vacation, is that they tell the entire world that you’re not at home. This alerts criminals, vandals, and other people that your home is unprotected and wide open to whatever they want to do. Granted, the overall probability of this is somewhat low, but at the same time, we don’t take unnecessary risks online, why should we take them in the real world?

Just as difficult, though, is that social media and photo sharing is a distraction from your vacation. Even if your profile is completely private, the reality of social media is that people interact with the things you post. They like them, they post comments, they ask questions, and, especially if you’re in a beautiful place, a supposed escape from the hustle of the every day, why are you paying attention to social media in the first place?

Setting The Rules

Teenage boy walking on a pathway with tall grass to the side.

Those great vacation pics will be just as shareable after you’re back home.

So, before you set off on your vacation, you should set a few rules, and perhaps install a parental control app to enforce them. Parental control software can be useful for any vacation, but it needs to be backed up with a conversation about why you’re putting the rules in place.

    • First of all, set a standard for the whole family, not just your kids. While children may be more prone to being glued to their smartphones, we can all be lured into the same cycle of posting for likes and comments, and it can ruin our vacation just as easily. So, your whole family should agree to ignore social media.
    • Second, kids shouldn’t talk about vacation plans on social media, for much the same reason they shouldn’t share photos while on vacation. Make sure they understand the risks.
    • Next, everyone should be allowed to take all the photos they want, just they shouldn’t post them until they get back. Even with strong parental controls in place, kids should be allowed to take snapshots and selfies to remember their vacation, just like adults do.
    • When you get back, set aside a little family time to pick out photos for an online “family album” to be shared. This isn’t just a good way to maintain a little privacy, it’s also a great family bonding activity. You might even consider using a photo printing service to create an album of vacation memories to keep on the coffee table.

    Vacations are stressful, at least until you get there and kick back. But by setting some ground rules, and making sure everyone sticks to them, you won’t have to worry about oversharing with the wrong people when you’re thousands of miles away. To learn more about phone safety apps for kids, sign up for Screen Time.

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Summer Camp: An Opportunity for Kids to ‘Detox’ from Phones

by John Hargrave on July 18, 2018
It seems like there's nothing that can pry kids away from their phones, and that can worry any parent. Parental control software can help, but for kids to develop a truly healthy approach to using their phones, they need to break the habit of using them constantly. Fortunately, there's a simple way to break the habit: Summer camp.

Group of kids with backpacks in a forest setting.

Why Go Camping?

There are two reasons summer camp can help kids break their habits. The most obvious is that despite the ever-growing reach of technology, deep in the woods, there aren’t many cell phone towers or electrical outlets. Even if kids sneak their phones into camps, many of which have strict rules against phones, those phones won’t last long or be able to do much before they’re paperweights. There’s no better friend to parental control over phones than the laws of physics.

But more fundamentally, camp requires kids to be more social and to be active. It’s worth remembering that many kids love their phones because it allows them to stay in contact with their friends in the first place, and if all the friends they talk to at school are with them at camp, or are away at camp themselves, kids have to work on their face-to-face social skills.

And beyond that, camps are defined by their activities. Even if kids go to camps in the city instead of deep in the woods, they’ll still have a full day of activities to do and new skills to develop. Especially if that’s paired with parental control software, it’ll naturally bring kids to healthier approaches. So how to make it happen?

Clear body of water with people swimming and mountains views in the background.

Instagram can’t replace actually seeing natural beauty with your own eyes.

Off To Camp

First, kids should be involved in the camp. If there’s a program they’re particularly excited about, such as drama camp or math camp, then they’re going to be less interested in their phones and more on board with the rules.

Second, make the rules clear, both the camp’s rules and your own. Kids should know from the start if a camp bans phones, so they can plan accordingly. If they’re worried about staying in touch with friends, for example, sit them and their friends down for a craft project where they stamp and address postcards to each other, so they can send each other a message every day. Similarly, kids should understand that any camp they head to doesn’t magically put an end to the house rules, and you’ll be keeping any limits you have.

Finally, it is reasonable, in places where phones can be charged and a signal can be captured, to allow phones for the sake of safety. Well-designed tools will allow you to, for example, only allow a phone to dial emergency numbers or a set list of other numbers, and will allow access only to emergency or safety apps, such as navigation tools or first-aid instructions. Make sure this is allowed by the camp and also be sure kids understand these are tools of last resort. Kids should also learn to rely on themselves, after all.

Once kids return from a month or two without phones, you’ll have a clean slate to create healthier approaches to phone use. To learn how apps can fit into your approach, sign up for Screen Time!

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Why Your Teen’s Smartphone May Be Necessary for Their Summer Job

by Anna Hughes on July 11, 2018
Most teens will argue that they need their smartphones, no matter what, although what they define as “need” is likely not the same as their parents. But when it comes to finding and keeping a job, your teen may well be in the right. Smartphones are becoming more and more useful in the workplace, even if they can be a hindrance to some workplace skills, and parents and teens will need to strike a balance between the rules at home and the demands of the workplace.
Young man working at a fast food restaurant.

Many places of employment have employees use smartphones for processes like timekeeping.

Why Do Teens Need Smartphones For A Job?

Technology has changed everything, and finding a job is no exception. Especially with the jobs teens are usually up for, the application process often involves using a custom app or a website to fill out forms, even with places that conduct on-site interviews. In some cases, the entire process is done online, or new employees are asked to view online training modules through their phones and tablets, which can fall afoul of parental control apps for smartphones.

It also applies to the day-to-day “paperwork” of a job. For example, employees may be expected to sign into an app to confirm their hours or tell their manager what hours they have available this week, or they might need an app to access company tools such as price lookup. In some cases, they even need their smartphones to get paid, as companies are increasingly turning to apps like Venmo and Zelle to pay their employees, rather than go to the expense of printing out and distributing paychecks.

And, of course, let’s not forget that having a smartphone means a manager can quickly reach an employee when they’re needed, so if your teen wants to pick up an extra shift, or at least be accessible for it, they can be reached. So, the phone’s necessary, but how do you balance that against the rules?

Young woman holding up a resume smiling.

The smartphone will be part of the job hunt.

Rules Of The Job

To start with, any parental control apps for smartphones should have a “whitelist” function that will let you approve work-related apps and websites, or permit certain phone numbers to call your teen’s phone. Of course, this depends heavily on the app and its function. For example, if you want to keep your teen from spending their whole paycheck in a day, you might put the paycheck app on your phone instead of theirs, and dole out the money where appropriate.

Similarly, you should discuss with their manager the needs for a smartphone at work; if, for example, teens only need their smartphone for their job when they’re not at work, they’ll likely be too busy to look at their phones in the first place. It’s important to, as much as possible, let teens manage their job on their own, however, as learning to negotiate with supervisors and time management are part of the reason teens get jobs in the first place.

Finally, be ready to ease up on your parental control app, beyond a certain point. Taking a job is a big responsibility, and if a teenager can handle showing up to work and getting the job done, then that should be a factor in the phone rules. Sooner or later they’re going to be full-fledged adults, and giving them more responsibility by slow degrees is the best way to make that transition an easy one. To learn more about smartphones and parental control apps, try Screen Time for free!

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Is Too Much Phone Time Diminishing Kids’ Personal Social Skills?

by Anna Hughes on June 27, 2018
Many people are worried that the more time teens spend on their phones, the more they'll struggle to fully develop their person-to-person skills, which, in particular, they need for securing summer jobs and beginning to build their own personal relationships and careers. So, what's the truth? Are phones making us all awkward? And if so, what can we do about it? Before reaching for the iPhone parental controls, here's what you need to know.

Two girls lying upside down on a couch side by side.

Phones Vs. Faces

To some degree, your teen will interact with other people no matter what. After all, they go to school. But there are areas where some have concerns, and while those concerns might seem overblown, they’re not entirely unwarranted.

The appeal of making friends on the internet is that you can meet people almost exactly like you. This has had some enormous positives: For example, teens with chronic illnesses are able to find online support groups with other teens, which helps their mental and physical well-being. But the downside is that if teens only speak with and text the people they find online, just like any other skill, their interpersonal skills can indeed suffer. Perhaps not to the degree people fear, but enough that it can be a concern.

So, how do you address this with your teens? There’s a number of approaches, but it starts with education and encouragement and ensures you get a little help from parental control apps.

People at a concert taking photos and video with their mobile phones.

Getting Kids To Limit Phone Use

  • Don’t panic. This is the equivalent of being a bit rusty with a skill you haven’t used in a month or two. Bar any genuine mental health concerns, assessed by a professional, all teens really need is a little practice.
  • Talk with them about your concerns. Before you set rules and limits, your teens should understand why you’re putting them in place. They’ll be more likely abide by them and less likely to evade them.
  • Encourage them to take on activities and skills that don’t require a phone. Working on the school newspaper, joining a sports team, joining a club, there are all sorts of ways to ensure kids regularly interact with their peers.
  • Talk to your kids about what they’re doing online, and who they’re doing it with. This can prevent getting too caught up in a message board or chat app.
  • Send boundaries, rules and times of day when the phone or the tablet needs to be off. Parental control apps allow you to set schedules and times that the device is locked, and apps like Screen Time offer “instant pause,” a button which allows a parent to shut off their kids phone instantly. This is especially handy when kids go places where the rules are different, and they might be tempted to cheat.

Every teen is different. Some are just naturally social, while others might need to work at it. But by ensuring they have phones when they need them, but can’t use phones to hide from social interaction, you can encourage them to develop a stronger social skill set. To learn more about parental control apps like Screen Time, click here!

 

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How to protect your children from cybercriminals

by John Hargrave on June 22, 2018
Children are increasingly susceptible to tech dependence, and cybercriminals are responding.

 Targeting vulnerable children through Internet connected devices, hackers can wreak havoc using the stolen data. Identity theft as covered here, isn’t limited to adults, in fact, in many ways child identity theft is considerably more attractive to criminals. In 2017, more than 1 million U.S. children had their identity information stolen, totalling nearly 2.6 billion dollars in fraudulent losses. Due to the victims young age, thieves can utilize their clean record without notice for a significant amount of time. Although identity theft is often the worst-case scenario, breaches of data, such as stolen passwords, hacked social accounts, cyberbullying, and even cyberstalking, should be just as concerning. As parents, we have the responsibility to our families to keep them and their information safe.

Although nearly every American home, school, and office has an Internet connected computer, smartphone, or television, it doesn’t have to be a challenge to convince a child to unplug. Conveniently, there are tools like Screen Time that help parents understand their child’s tech usage, schedule access, and restrict data. So, this June, set aside some time to celebrate National Internet Safety Month, and learn how parental controls can help you take control of tech this summer!

What Are Parental Controls?

Parental controls are software and applications that allow parents to lock off certain types of content; to lock an entire device for set periods of time, such as bedtime or school hours; to keep a device from sharing certain types of information, like photos or device data; and to control which apps are downloaded to the device. You can usually find them in the Settings section of your device. However, many devices make it complicated. Google Play, for example, requires you to set up a PIN, making it one more password potentially at risk. As a result, third-party apps have stepped in to fill the void and create a solution that doesn’t involve sharing passwords and can restrict what data is shared from any device.

How Do You Use Parental Controls?

First, establish ground rules and educate your kids about what you’re doing and why. They should see these apps not as punishment but as protection, so they don’t attempt to disable them, and explaining why you’re installing a parental control app will help. Before downloading any app, check the reviews carefully and study the features, so you understand exactly what you’re buying and that it’ll fit your needs. If parents you know have tried apps, ask them about their experience.

It’s generally the best approach to find an “all-in-one” parental control app that handles these tasks, as otherwise you may have to configure multiple apps on each device your children use. Screen Time gives parents a suite of scheduling tools, like time limits and calendars; notifications that alert parents each time their child tries to download an app which you can approve or reject, as well as data tracking for the apps your children use; and an “instant pause” button which parents love. A useful one for getting the kids to the dinner table.

Parental controls help parents take back control of tech. Modern devices are so simple even a baby can download apps and start playing games, but with no understanding of the potential risks involved from data theft and unethical apps. But at the same time, they’re useful tools, even for kids, Apps are only part of the equation: Parents need to offer clear, consistent rules for their kids to abide by, and to understand the risks not just of strangers asking seemingly innocent questions, but the apps that let those strangers near your children in the first place. More than just protecting your data and credit cards, parental control apps like Screen Time give you peace of mind.

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How to Keep iPhone’s AirDrop Safe for Your Teen

by Anna Hughes on June 20, 2018
“It seemed like a good idea at the time” might as well be the motto of Silicon Valley, that stands out in particular with Apple's AirDrop. AirDrop is designed to be a tool for people who own Apple products to quickly share files with each other through WiFi or Bluetooth. Essentially, if you own an Apple device and share a WiFi network with another Apple device, in theory you can share files with coworkers, friends, or even total strangers. Used properly, it's a handy productivity tool. Misused, you can wind up with sexually harassing images, viruses, or worse. So how do you keep teens from the risks of AirDrop?
Two teenage girls taking a selfie together.

Help teens be safe with their phones.

Shut It Off

First, you can use the iPhone parental controls to shut down AirDrop. Just go to Settings, then General, then AirDrop on any iPhone or iPad, and turn it off. Then lock down the iPhone with a parental control app. While you’re at it, you should do the same to your phone. Cruelty and misuse aren’t limited to teenagers, either. If your teen uses a Mac laptop, it will be a little more elaborate, since MacOS defaults to having AirDrop on. Go to the Applications folder, then Utilities, then Terminal. Enter this into the window:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser DisableAirDrop -bool YES

Hit enter, and then log out of the Mac. Once you log back it, it won’t turn on unless you consent to it. If you or your teen need it for some reason, then you should configure the iPhone parental controls to only allow contacts and approved people to send files.

Teenage boy looking at his mobile phone.

Do you know what they’re getting?

Educate

If you don’t want to start with the parental controls, then start with education. Teens should already know not to accept files from strangers, and fortunately, AirDrop needs your permission before it will download a file. Sit your teens down and talk to them about the risks both to their devices and themselves about AirDrop.

If you have to leave AirDrop enabled, you should also talk to them about what to do if somebody tries to send unwanted images and files to them at school or at work, beyond declining to accept them. They should know who to talk to, when to confront and when to speak to authority, and how to get help if they feel unsafe.

Use Parental Control Apps

Another useful tool is parental control apps, which can lock down various aspects of a phone on a schedule or just lock off certain apps and behaviors altogether. This can do far more than just control files that arrive on devices, and it may be useful in situations where either teens need unfettered use of their devices, such as school or internships, or simply that you need to break a bad habit. The other bad side of AirDrop is that it’s also a method of “swapping notes” in class, which admittedly isn’t as harmful as the worst-case scenario, but teens need to pay attention in class!

If you’re concerned about AirDrop, the internet, social networks, and other ways teens can experience the dark side of the internet, Screen Time can help, and you can try it for free.

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The 10 most popular kids apps for Android

by Anna Hughes on June 18, 2018
With so much discovery to be made online, and so many kids' apps to choose from, it can seem near impossible for us parents to keep up with our kids’ digital habits. One day they are chatting to their friends on Snapchat, and the next they’re on Instagram sharing carefully edited pictures of their #breakfast.
Tween girl on a tablet

Photo credit: Patricia Prudente

As the summer break looms, now is as good a time as any to get app savvy before your kids disappear behind their devices. For example, it’s no good blocking their Minecraft app at ‘homework time’ if their new obsession is dodging trains on Subway Surfers.

So, in the spirit of being ‘down with the kids’ and keeping on top of our kids’ digital lives, we did a bit of digging into the apps that are currently being installed by Screen Time families. Then we split them into 3 groups of top ten apps – Entertainment apps; Social Apps and Gaming apps. We found some of the results surprising. Check them out for yourself.

Top 10 most popular Entertainment Apps

It’s no surprise to see that YouTube is by far the most popular entertainment app among Screen Time kids. What is surprising is it has had 79% more installs than Netflix. And don’t forget, the Screen Time app allows parents to monitor kids tablets too. Even more interesting, the YouTube Kids app appears much further down the list at No. 6. A possible indication of a lack of awareness of a kids version of YouTube perhaps? (Never heard of YouTube Kids? There’s a handy parents guide to it here.)

  1. YouTube
  2. Spotify
  3. Netflix
  4. Bitmoji
  5. Amazon Kindle
  6. YouTube Kids
  7. Shazam
  8. Sandbox – Color By Numbering Pages
  9. Pixel Art – Color By Numbers
  10. Amazon Prime Video

Top 10 most popular Social Apps

Move over Snapchat, and make way for the more grown up social app contenders! Whatsapp is by far the most installed social app by Screen Time users, with a whopping 69% more installs than Facebook Messenger. And with Instagram bagging 25% more downloads by kids than any other social media apps, could this mean the end is nigh for Snapchat?

  1. WhatsApp
  2. Instagram
  3. Facebook
  4. Skype
  5. Snapchat
  6. Facebook Messenger
  7. Musical.ly
  8. Twitter
  9. Group Play
  10. Pinterest

Top 10 most popular Gaming Apps.

With Minecraft at the top spot, there is no great surprise here. But with Clash Royale and Subway Surfers only slightly behind, Minecraft might not stay on top for much longer.

  1. Minecraft Pocket Edition
  2. Clash Royale
  3. Subway Surfers
  4. Roblox
  5. Clash Of Clans
  6. Slither.io
  7. Helix Jump
  8. Pokemon GO
  9. Rider
  10. Love Balls
Teenage girls on phone selfie

Photo Credit: Elijah O’Donell

So there you have it. If you wanted some extra guidance on the world of kids’ apps, you might find this post useful: 5 apps you need to talk about with your teenagers.

Remember, with the Screen Time app, parents receive a notification every time their child tries to download a new app. So next time you get a request to download one of the above, you can surprise your kids with your amazing app knowledge!

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