First, on your child's iPhone, open the Settings application. It can be found on your home screen, often in the utilities folder.
Click "screen time" so that we can turn on screen time.
Click "turn on screen time," and move to the next step.
Click "this is my child's iPhone."
Next, review the information given. It tells you a bit about how screentime works on a managed device (child's iPhone). Then, click "continue."
When you are setting up screen time on your child's iPhone, you will automatically be prompted to set up several different screen time features during the setup process. Try to avoid skipping these steps.
Instead, choose your child's downtimes. Perhaps, you want the child to not use their iPhone from bedtime, until after breakfast, then set the times similar to what I've chosen here. Otherwise, think about the timeframe you would like your child to unplug to focus on other tasks, homework, or family time. Then, put in the timeframe you prefer. Keep in mind that this is a daily reoccurrence.
Then, click continue.
Now, decide on any limitations you may or may not want to set on your child's iPhone. Maybe, your child tends to play a lot of mobile games. If so, choose "games." Alternatively, your child may spend a lot of time on social like Snapchat apps. If so, choose social. Whatever the case, choose the apps you are wanting to limit each day. If you need to, you can choose "show all categories" to find what you are looking for.
Then, click "set" to enter an hour amount. For example, if you only want your kid on social media for two hours each day, choose that amount of time. Your child can then request more time within the app when the two hours are met and a message will be sent to your iPhone asking for that permission. You can, of course, accept or decline the request.
Next, click "set app limit," to finalize it.
Review the content and privacy features specific to a managed device (the child's iPhone).
Now, choose a screen time passcode. This should not be a passcode your child knows or can guess. Try not to forget this passcode to avoid running into issues in the future.
You will be asked to enter your new screen time passcode twice just to confirm.
Now, enter in your Apple ID and password so that you can use it to create a new screen time passcode if you do forget it at some point.
Done! Screen time is set up and good to go.
Now, wait 24 hours before reviewing the screen time activity. Let your child use the iPhone per the usual for the next day so that you can get the most accurate reading of their activity.
To check their screen time activity follow the steps below:
- Open Settings.
- Click "screen time."
- Review the activity. I prefer to click "see all activity," and view it there.
Sometimes, when you are busy or out and about and your iPhone starts ringing, you don't want to pick it up, but you know it might be so-and-so with that important call you've been waiting on.