Screen Time aids student productivity
Art by Accolade artist Erin Lee

When the update came for iOS 12, my parents said I needed to download it. At first, I didn’t know why, but as I read the update list, I saw a new feature called Screen Time.

The users — mostly parents who want to limit the amount of time their kids are on their phones — can set restrictions on how much time their children can spend on apps. If the app passes the deadline, then it cannot be in use or reopened unless the user requests for more time.

Along with the limiting aspect of Screen Time, three other options are available. It includes the Downtime feature, the “always allowed” mechanism and the Content & Privacy Restrictions option.

With the Downtime feature, users can schedule time frames on when they can be on their phones. Before and after those time frames, the apps they allowed can only be used, which can be modified in the “always allowed” section, meaning that they will only receive calls.

The Content & Privacy Restriction is useful for protection against explicit content. The operator can set restrictions for the type of music they listen to, and the websites they surf can all can be controlled through the usage of this feature.

I read the descriptions for Screen Time, and I came across the words “set a specific time on app categories.” Now I fully understand the true intentions of my parents, who tricked me into downloading the update.
I tried to stop the update for my phone, but it was too late. After the update was complete, my parents set a limit of one hour for social media and gaming.

This function affected me a bit but in a beneficial way. Instead of texting, people can start talking face to face more frequently and start conversations rather than being on their phones all the time.

I can also see this update fixing procrastination for many of those who tend to finish their work at a later hour. Among the contents of iOS 12, Screen Time was the only one that actually made an impact on me.

Screen Time has its ups and downs, but in the long run, it is beneficial for students and their social lives.

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