Apple’s Screen Time is no challenge for today’s tech-savy kids.

As device usage and smartphone addiction increases and the impact of social media becomes increasingly negative, Apple announces a new IOS 12 update feature which focuses on “digital health”.

It allows users to set restrictions on how much time is spent on apps, and schedule “downtime” in which certain apps cannot be used at all. A great tool to allow parents to impose restrictions on their children’s device usage — or so they thought.

Screen Time – controlling your child’s app usage…..for a little while anyway.

As most parents will agree, kids are always one step ahead. Recently, on an r/apple Reddit discussion, parents began sharing stories about how their children are beating the new settings on their Apple devices.

“When iOS 12 came out I limited my 7-year old son’s screen time through the family share. For a few days I felt like he was playing a bit more than he should, but I couldn’t figure out why,” one parent stated.

“Finally today, my son revealed his hack: When he runs out of screen time and his games get locked, he heads to App Store, downloads a previously installed (but later removed) game through the cloud icon, and it works without limitations!”

“What can I say,” they added. “I’m not even mad. That’s impressive.”

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Another parent asked Apple’s support forum how to get a step ahead of their teenage son, who had reset his phone’s time and date to trick “screen time.”

“I was so excited to turn on the screen time restrictions in the new iOS. Until my 13 year old found a work around within 2 minutes of handing his phone back to him during ‘down time’ — he went to settings and changed the date/time of his phone to an unrestricted time and voila! Free screentime again.”

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