Screen time is something that a lot of parents worry about. Is some screen time OK? How much is too much? Fortunately, if your child has an Android device, you can easily control the time they spend in front of the screen.
There are several ways to limit your child’s screen time, but the best way is Google Family Link. This will allow you to monitor and control almost everything on your child’s device from your own, including screen time limits.
To note: In order to use Family Link to limit screen time, your child will need to have an Android device signed in with an account linked to your Google family.
First, open the “Family Link for Parents” application on your iPhone, iPad, Where Android device. Your child must be using Android, but you can set the limits from any device. Select the child whose screen time you want to limit.
Here you can see a number of things including application usage time—But we’re looking for the “Screen Time” section. Press “Configure”.
There are two tabs on this screen: “Daily Limit” and “Bedtime”. We’ll start with the daily limit. First, select all the days you want to limit screen time for.
Then select the time and adjust it as you like. You can customize each day separately or press “Also apply to…” to change the time over multiple days.
With that out of the way, we can go to the “Bedtime” tab. This is technically not a screen time limit, but it will prevent your child from using the device after a while. Turn on the “Scheduled” switch and adjust the days and times as we did above.
When the daily limit and bedtime settings are complete, tap “Save” in the upper right corner to finish.
You will now be able to see your child’s screen time usage on their profile in the Family Link app.
That’s it! Your child will not be able to use the device for longer than you have determined, and it will lock itself during bedtime. It is rather convenient. Family Link is an invaluable service if you have children who have their own devices.