Screen Time – Family Filtering, Blocking, and Monitoring
Screen Time has a new cool feature that we liked which is called Instant Pause, this allows parents pause (like a DVR) their kids activity and get them to the dinner table or to school.
While Screen Time has an amazing web filtering capability, take note that as of the time of writing this review, this is only available for any Android version.
Filter Website Categories
This is one feature that is common in other top-rated parental control apps. What this means is that you can set a restriction on websites that your child can visit based on pre-defined categories. Some categories are restricted by default, such as alcohol and drugs, pornography, and violence. You can also select from a list of categories for setting additional restrictions, such as ads, politics, and religion.
If you want to be more specific on the contents that you don’t want your child to access, there is also an option to block specific URLs. You will need to type these URLs to restrict access. This can be quite time-consuming since you will need to input all the websites to block.
Screen Time keeps several records of your child’s online and offline activities, so you will know what he or she has been up to.
As expected, the app can store the web history of your child. By monitoring the websites being visited, you can act if there are URLs that you need to block. Only for Android
Aside from recording the websites that have been visited, you can also access the search terms that your child used in the past seven days.
Social Media Monitoring
Screen time focuses on leading social platforms but still misses few important once. You can monitor Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Unfortunately social monitoring is available only to Android users.
One of the best features of the Screen Time parental control app is the ability to create task for your kids and manage them from one place. The option to reward kids on good behavior with additional screen time seems to us like the perfect stick and carrot of our time.