Parent using app to limit screen time on smartphones tablets laptops computers

Apps need to connect all the devices children use to limit screen time.

Aren't there apps to limit screen time?

Apps vary in cost and capability. Smartphone apps limit screen time on the phone you download them to and possibly a coordinating tablet. Then there are apps that are gateways for a parental control option that works through the internet, network, or WiFi to control devices that are connected.

How do apps work?

Apps are designed to work with specific devices through their operating system or the network they are connected to. Within the app, parents create user profiles for each child with detailed permissions and screen time limits for each electronic device the app recognizes. Apps often require devices be dedicated to the child, not shared. This means children must have their own smartphone, tablet and computer for the app to work.

Isn't technology the best way to limit screen time?

In theory, technology would provide the perfect screen time solution. But incompatibilities between electronic devices, operating systems, and networks cause gaps, which create obstacles and barriers when you try to connect all the different devices children use. It is these gaps that inhibit technology from limiting screen time across all devices. It also means Mom or Dad must be more tech-savvy to make them work.

Why go no-tech?

The advantage of no-tech or hands-on is you bypass technical prerequisites, device integration, and user setup. A physical product, like myScreenTime, works with any electronic device and doesn't have to be tied into an operating system or network. It is also portable, so you can use myScreenTime anywhere your child goes (babysitter, grandparents, etc.).

What technology doesn't do.

Where technology imposes control over your child's screen time, it does not teach children how to self-manage all of the electronic devices in their life. This is why many experts prefer hands-on over technology to limit screen time.

myScreenTime comes highly recommended because it develops self-control while building good decision making and trust. So instead of just restricting recreational screen time, parents teach children how to live with technology, which is a life lesson that lasts.


For more information on apps to limit screen time, go to Parental Control Overview?