Apple is expanding its Screen Time software, which allows parents to take control of their family’s devices with a much-needed feature:
child text management, phone calls, FaceTime calls and even contacts for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Keep reading about how to configure everything in iOS 13.3 and later …
Since the debut of Screen Time on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on iOS 12, it is impossible to completely manage SMS, phone calls, FaceTime calls and contacts of children.
Now, Apple has provided granular control of these areas with iOS 13.3, and parents will undoubtedly like this feature.
Currently, iOS 13.3 is available only as a developer or as a public beta. Learn more about the free public beta of Apple if you want to try it. But soon, the feature will be available to everyone.
Here’s how to set the screen time on your child’s device and how to set the communication limits. If you want to jump to new limits, continue below.
Manage your child’s text, phone calls, and contacts with Screen Time on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Note: The Family Organizer device and the child device must be running iOS 13.3 or later.
Set the display time of your child’s device:
- You must use family sharing. If you have not already done so, learn more about creating and creating a kids account here
- If Family Sharing is enabled and your child’s account is set up as a “Kids Account,” go to “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad.
- Navigate to the time on the screen, swipe down and search for your child’s name. Touch the
- Select Enable screen
- Follow the instructions to configure downtime, application restrictions, content and privacy, and more.
- When finished, follow these steps to enable text, call, and contact management.
Set the communication limits for your child:
- Now, while your child’s account is selected at the time of the screen, tap Communication Limits.
- You can control who can send text messages, calls and FaceTime, as well as manage their contacts.
- Tap each section to set allowed screen time and downtime rules
- Touch the button next to Manage your child’s contacts for detailed control.
- After you enable Manage Contacts, you or your child must approve the request on your child’s device.
- After you turn on the power, you or your child must approve it on the device under “Screen Time”> “Inquiries:
- Manage Contacts”> “Approve”.
When done, as a family organizer, you can manage the contacts as shown in the picture above on the right.
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