On your Apple device (iOS 12)
First set up Family Sharing
- On your device, open Settings and tap on your name (iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings, iCloud)
- Tap Set Up Family Sharing, then Get Started. Follow the instructions to set up your family and invite your family members.
- You can either send a text to invite your child or choose Invite in person and enter their Apple ID and password.
- After you set up your child, you’ll be asked if you want to approve app downloads, share their location, share purchase and music, etc. Choose whichever makes sense for your family.
Now set up Screen Time
- Once the child is added to Family Sharing, their name will appear in the list when you go to Settings, your name, Family Sharing
- To set up Screen time for the child, in Settings, tap Screen Time, scroll down to the child’s name and tap (or the Screen Time set up may pop up automatically after you add him/her to Family Sharing)
- You will be asked to set up a passcode, make sure it’s one they can’t guess!
- First, set up Downtime – these are the hours you want the phone to not be available, i.e. 11 pm – 7 am. Choose the hours that work best for your family. Note, they are the same every day, with no weekend exceptions currently. You can choose to block the device completely, and the child must ask for access.
- Set up App Limits – this is the maximum amount of time each day you want the child to have on each type of app: games, social networking etc. Just tap Add Limit, choose the type of app, and tap Add, then enter the time.
- Next choose what apps are Always Allowed from a list. It will list all the apps they have on their device. These are the apps they can have during Downtime. (For example, you probably always want the phone available, but might not want them to be able to text.)
- Next is Content & Privacy. This is like Restrictions on older iOS versions.
- Turn on Content & Privacy Restrictions
- Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases – here you can block downloads and in-app purchases, and block deleting apps
- Tap Allowed Apps to block any apps they’ve downloaded that you don’t want on their device
- Tap Content Restrictions for music, movies, TV and book ratings, etc. Tap Web Content, then Limit Adult Websites to block explicit content and remove the private searching option on Safari. You can also block screen recording and adding friends here, if you choose
- Share My Location should be Not Allowed for privacy
- Under Allow Changes:
- Don’t Allow Passcode changes (and make sure you know what it is!)
- Turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving
- Decide what other options there are important for your family
- Make sure Include Website Data is on (green button) so you can see that when you look at your child’s info.
Now, when you want to check your child’s phone usage, just go into Settings, Screen Time and tap their name. You’ll see: most used apps and how much time they’ve spent on those apps, how many times they picked up their phone, how many notifications they received and from which apps.