Apple, Kids, and iPhone Addiction: Parental Controls in iOS are Long Overdue
The smartphone can make your life much easier and can help your kids in their education as well. However, if you do not monitor kid’s iphone usage, there is a chance that your kid gets addicted to smartphone and in that case, things can get out of your hands. In the last few years, the demand for better parental control options has been coming up very often from the parents. They want to have full access to the smartphone usage and make sure that their kids do not visit or watch any explicit website or other content.
In the latest iOS 12, Apple has finally added a lot of new features that will help the parents to have control over the smartphone usage of their kids. These controls will allow the parents to restrict the time their children spend on the smart devices.
The latest features are available under the iOS 12 public beta. Some of these features are App limits, Do not Disturb, Activity reports, Notification controls, and many others. Apple announced and explained the features of the Worldwide Developer Conference 2018 that was held on 4th June 2018.
The parental controls were first introduced in the Apple devices back in 2008. As the time passed by, the company added more features to the controls but there were many problems which needed immediate attention. The controls are still not to the mark which can eliminate any requirement of an additional app but as a whole, they are now much better. In this article, we will discuss the latest parental control features that Apple has introduced.
- The first option goes by the name Screen Time. This option creates a comprehensive Activity Report that logs the time that the user is spending on every app. This report is properly divided into categories of apps and also provides the information about the notifications that have been received for these apps. The activity log also provides information on how many times the phone was unlocked to check the apps.
- The second option is Do Not Disturb. Though DND was already there in iPhone the company has introduced a lot of improvements in it. Once activated, all the notifications etc. will get barred and the child can have good sleep, classroom time and study time without any interference. This option will help not only the kids but also the adults to have a better lifestyle.
- Another important option is for the notification which will allow the users to manage multiple notifications at one time. This will reduce the time spent on the screen making it easier for the user to put the phone down.
The features are still in the Beta testing phase and they will be available for all users during fall (September and October) when the company officially launches the stable version of iOS 12. You can always download an app that offers restrictions for the iPhone usage but the apps which are good and worth cost a lot. Thus the demand for better in-build parental control has increased in the past few years. Hopefully, Apple will keep on improving the parental control options in the coming future as well to keep the smartphone addiction under check.