What to do if your child is addicted to smartphone?
When you find your child has been addicted to their smartphone, what you can do to break it? Of course, we know some schools formulate rules to restrict the usage of smartphone. As parents, we need to play the most important rule to help our children. We should lead our children to the right direction, spend more time on them to help them focus more on real life instead of virtual world. Moreover, we need to help them to develop more hobbies so they can spend more time on other things instead of smartphone. More importantly, we need to aware of what they were doing with their devices and then restrict the usage.
Actually, most smartphones now develop tools or apps to avoid phone addiction, and many third-party apps provide build-in teenager mode to get rid of phone obsession. Whatever your child is using an iPhone or an Android device, you can get aware of what they were doing with their device and restrict the usage. Now let's see how.
How to set time limit for your child on iPhone?
Apple released a build-in tool named Screen Time to prevent phone obsession on iOS 12. So you can learn exactly the phone usage, and set time limit on the device. Here are the steps.
- To check phone usage, unlock the iPhone, open Setting, scroll down to find Screen Time. You will see how much time your child was using the device.
- Tap See All Activity button, you can see detailed information: The most used apps with exact time, the most notifications sent by each app.
- To set time limit for your child, there are four options available: Downtime, App Limits, Always Allowed and Contents & Privacy Restrictions. You can customize your desired settings.
- Of course, to restrict the usage of smartphone, it's high recommended to set a Screen Time passcode, which secure your Screen Time settings, and to allow more time when limits expire.
- If you don't want to set time limit for your child, you can scroll down on the Screen Time page, and tap on Turn off Screen Time, all limits, downtime settings and content and privacy restrictions will be turned off.
What if your child were using an Android device?
For Android device, most phone has no build-in tool to help us set time limit. But there are also many third-party apps we can use. For example, Google developed an app called Family Link. You need to install the app both on your child's device and your own. And do some necessary settings on both devices so that you can monitor your child's device on your own device as well as set time limit for your child. Google's family link is free, but it only has limited features and not simple enough to use. So we'd like to introduce you another app.
PanSpy, a professional monitoring solution provider specializing in tracking and monitoring tools for Android smartphone users. With this handy tool, you can view detailed app usage, block certain app usage and set time limit on your child's device. With several simple steps, you can monitor your child's smartphone.