With so many talks about parental control on limiting kids’ screen time, I realized, I as a parent, spend a lot time on smartphone and tablet. Screen time becomes an integral part of my life, such as getting directions to places; keeping connected with family and friends; taking photos whenever and wherever. Many times it is hard to get off the phone. Every time I told myself to just do ONE thing, but ended up several things. I meant just to check one email that I was waiting for, then I saw a Facebook update from a friend, and then a funny video in my Facebook feed, then remembered I need send a friend happy birthday message, then needed to check out the place the friend went for her birthday, … Before I knew it, it’d been over an hour, and it was meant to be just a quick check of one email.
Do you have similar experience with the screen time? It is becoming a syndrome, Smartphone Addiction. It is not that we want to spend endless time on the screen, but why do we still do? What is an effective way to stop this Smartphone Addiction so we don’t spend so much time on screen?
A friend of mine told me he uses a timer for himself and for kids. But you still have to start the timer, which not necessarily happens every time when we start using the phone. It will be a great help if some thing is right there and reminds us every time when we spend a set amount time on the screen. I did some search and found these smartphone addiction apps that can help monitor and control screen time.
Best Apps for Screen Time Restriction – Android and iOS
Net Nanny is a Parental Control program works on both Android and iOS, as well as computers. It definitely has time limit features. In addition, it also has features to filter out inappropriate content for kids. It is subscription based. You pay each year, and the amount is based on the number of devices you want it on.
OurPact is similar to Net Nanny. It works on mobile devices only. In addition to control screen time, it can also set restrictions on apps and texts. There are 3 price tiers, only the premium package has time limit feature, but it is still pretty reasonable at $5 per month.
ScreenTime is another parental control app that works on both Android and iOS. For $4 a month, you can set time limit on each device, and monitor web and search history.
BreakFree works for both iOS and Android. Like the other apps mentioned above, it monitors the time on screen or on one particular app, and when the time is over the limit, it sends warnings. You can also set downtime to have no internet connections, auto text reply, etc. It is also a good tool for parental control for kids devices.
unGlue is a relatively new program in the market. It has similar functions as those mentioned above. The nice thing about unGlue is you don’t need download the program on each device, and you can set individualized time limit for each child’d device. It is available for both iOS and Android.
Best Apps for Screen Time Restriction – Android
Flipd is an Android app that lets you turn off your phone while the app will send out auto-replies to people who contact you during the off time. As parents, you can remotely turn off your child’s phone, but you need set it up first.
App Detox is an Android app that help you limit the usage of particular apps, say one game app. It will send warning messages when you spend more time than the limit you set for yourself.
Offtime is an Android app allowing you to block selected text or calls, and restrict your access to internet and apps.
Best Apps for Screen Time Restriction – iOS
Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you and your family use iPhone and iPad each day. You can set daily screen time limits for each member in the family, you can also set a screen free time like dinner time.
Dinner Mode is similar to Flipd, but it is for iOS. You set the phone off and don’t have to worry about missing anything. Although it is called dinner mode, you can set the time for anytime of the day.
bSocial is an interesting app that offers screen time based on the time you spend off screen.
How do you control screen time? Any tips?
Looking for parental control apps to monitor kids screen time? There is a simple setting option in iPhone and iPad to control screen time.
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