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There's no denying that screens are becoming more and more involved with education. But it's still good to understand the different ways to measure a student's time on screens and how to reduce some of it.

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Use Screen Time on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With Screen Time, you can access real-time reports about how much time you spend on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and set limits for what you want to manage.

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Turn on Screen Time

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.
  2. Tap Turn On Screen Time.
  3. Tap Continue.
  4. Select This is My [device] or This is My Child’s [device].

You can now get a report about how you use your device, apps, and websites, any time you want.

If it’s your child’s device, you can set up Screen Time and create settings right on their device or you can use Family Sharing to configure your child’s device from your own device. After you set up your child’s device, you can also use Family Sharing to view reports and adjust settings right from your own device.

With Screen Time you can also create a dedicated passcode to secure settings, so only you can extend time or make changes. Make sure to choose a passcode that’s different from the passcode you use to unlock your device. To change or turn off the passcode on your child’s device, go to Settings > Screen Time, and tap [your child’s name]. Then tap Change Screen Time Passcode or Turn Off Screen Time Passcode, and authenticate the change with Face ID, Touch ID, or your device passcode.

If you forgot your Screen Time passcode, update your device to the latest iOS or iPadOS then reset your passcode. If you can’t update your device, erase it and set it up as new to remove the passcode and choose a new one. Restoring your device from a backup won’t remove your passcode.

Set a Screen Time passcode

Set a passcode so that only you can change Screen Time settings and allow more time when app limits expire. If you’re a parent, use this feature to set up enforceable content and privacy limitations for your child.

If you’re using Family Sharing to manage a child account, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings > Screen Time.
  2. Scroll down and choose your child’s name under Family. 
  3. Tap Turn on Screen Time, then tap Continue. 
  4. Set up DowntimeApp Limits, and Content & Privacy with all of the limitations that you want for your child, or tap Not Now. 
  5. Tap Use Screen Time Passcode, then enter a passcode when prompted. Re-enter the passcode to confirm. 
  6. Enter your Apple ID and password. This can be used to reset your Screen Time passcode if you forget it. 

If you’re not using Family Sharing to manage a child account, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that you’re on the device used by the child.
  2. Tap Settings > Screen Time.
  3. Tap Turn on Screen Time, then tap Continue. 
  4. Select This is My Child’s [device].
  5. Set up DowntimeApp Limits, and Content & Privacy with all of the limitations that you want for your child, or tap Not Now. 
  6. Tap Use Screen Time Passcode, then enter a passcode when prompted. Re-enter the passcode to confirm. 
  7. Enter your Apple ID and password. This can be used to reset your Screen Time passcode if you forget it. 

How to use Apple iOS 12 'Screen Time' for parents

Google Devices

Android cell phones/tablets and Chromebooks

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Add supervision to an existing Google Account

If your child already has their own Google Account, you can add supervision and manage their parental controls with Family Link. 

If your child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) doesn’t have a Google Account yet, you can create one for them and manage it with Family Link.

If you add parental supervision to your child’s existing Google Account and your child is above the applicable age in your country, you or your child can stop supervision at any time. If your child stops supervision, you’ll be notified and your child’s supervised devices will be locked temporarily.

Note: Stopping supervision may work differently for children under 18 who live in Japan and are using a Pixel phone.

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When you turn on parental controls, you can restrict what content can be downloaded or purchased from Google Play based on maturity level.

How parental controls work

The way parental controls work varies across Apps & Games, Music, Movies, TV, and Books. Read the sections below to learn more.

Note: Parental controls for each type of content aren’t available in every country. If you travel to a country where they aren’t available, they might not work until you get back home.

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Set up parental controls on Google Play

When you turn on parental controls, you can restrict what content can be downloaded or purchased from Google Play based on maturity level.

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