What are the best apps to limit screen time?

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    #1ParentKit

    ParentKit

    This app will allow you to control your children's phone using your own, as if it was a remote control. Like this, you will be able to set up a schedule of his or her phone usage, to make sure they use it only when they are allowed to. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jaime Delgado
    Written on December 18, 2017
    "It's kind of a neat idea, using your phone to control someone else's. But I find that it's really ALL it does; there's no way to live monitor what your child is doing (which is fine), because if you're paying attention, you really don't need this. Cute, but I don't see myself using this much."
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    #2FamilyTime

    FamilyTime

    This app will allow you to manage the time your kids are on their devices: you will be able to limit screen time and monitor their location to make sure they are safe anytime, and also filter out unsafe content. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Marcos Peña
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "FamilyTime does not seem to accomplish what it is trying to. It stops working frequently and has poor customer service. Considering that there are many other apps of this kind available, it does not make sense to go with a sub-par choice. I would recommend trying a different alternative, for sure."
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    #3Screen Time

    Screen Time

    Screen Time is an app for parents. They can control and manage the time that their kids spend with smart devices. This app will also allow parents to block apps in certain moments, like school hours. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Sara Gomez
    Written on December 18, 2017
    "I love everything about this app! I"ve struggled with remembering to set limits for screen time and this definitely helps us. It's so easy to get busy and forget that your limit is 30 minutes or something, this takes the pressure off. Love it!"

Did you know?

Did you know that a parent from Texas started an online pledge which encourages parents to put off giving kids a smartphone until the end of middle school? Brooke Shannon and her three daughters established Wait Until 8th because they believe that smartphones are distracting and potentially dangerous for children yet are widespread in elementary and middle school because of unrealistic social pressure and expectations to have one. Many experts - from child psychologists to internet safety leaders to even technology executives - agree that it is best to wait until at least 14 years old before exposing children to smartphones. 

According to a report from UNICEF, children under 18 years old represent 1 in 3 internet users worldwide. This means that kids at younger ages spend more time with screen media than ever before -- an average of 7 hours each day. A survey from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, shows that 98% of households with children 8 years and under, now have access to a mobile gadget. From that, 42% of young children have their very own device. Therefore, playtime is being dominated by screen-based games; and spending too much time on computers, tablets, and smartphones can be bad for children’s health. Some of the adverse effects of too much screen time include bad posture, poor eyesight, sleep problems, and poor social skills. But while you cannot completely eliminate screen time, there are apps that help you monitor your child’s media use and remind you how long your kid has been in front of a screen. 

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    #4Time Limit

    Time Limit

    This app will allow you to control the time your kids spend on their phones: set the time limit and a password and start the timer. Then, your kids can use that phone freely, until the timer ends and locks he phone so it can only be used again by entering the password.


    Apps

    iOS

    $0.99

    Sharon Gibson
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "This is a good idea, but the app doesn't work. Don't recommend at all."
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    #5TimeLock

    TimeLock

    With this app you will be able to set a daily time limit of all your devices. Does your kid use too much time your iPhone or iPad? Use this app to only allow him one hour per day of phone usage, to control the time he or she spends playing on the phone. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $0.99

    Nicholas Freeman
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "Perfect app for setting phone use limits for my kids. With a hectic schedule it's often difficult to monitor how much screen time my kids are getting each day. This apps makes it simple to set a limit without the need to be constantly looking over my kids' shoulders. An added benefit is it helps teach time-management!"
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    #6Social Fever

    Social Fever

    Social Fever is a free app for Android which will help you to overcome your phone's addiction. It lets you track the time spent on your phone day by day, set limit apps usage and suggest pleasant activities to do instead of checking your phone again and again.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Herry Siddle
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I like this because with Social Fever you can differentiate between time spent in the real and virtual world and easily track time spent on the phone.You can also set timer to limit phone usage. The simple and user-friendly interface helps you keep a track on how many times you unlock the phone and also monitors the app usage on the phone. It gives you simple weekly reports on your phone usage."

Summary

Best What are the best apps to limit screen time
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ParentKitApps 3 Free
2FamilyTime Apps 2 Free
3Screen Time Apps 1 Free
4Time LimitApps 1 Paid
5TimeLockApps 0 Paid
6Social FeverApps -5 Free
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