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Apple is able to break down the apps using the categories from the App Store so you can see whether you play a lot of games, or spend time in social media, or if you're a utilities person.

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If today’s teens were a generation of grinds, we’d see that in the data. But eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders in the 2010s actually spend less time on homework than Gen X teens did in the early 1990s. (High-school seniors headed for four-year colleges spend about the same amount of time on homework as their predecessors did.) The time that seniors spend on activities such as student clubs and sports and exercise has changed little in recent years. Combined with the decline in working for pay, this means iGen teens have more leisure time than Gen X teens did, not less.

This trend has been especially steep among girls. Forty-eight percent more girls said they often felt left out in 2015 than in 2010, compared with 27 percent more boys. Girls use social media more often, giving them additional opportunities to feel excluded and lonely when they see their friends or classmates getting together without them. Social media levy a psychic tax on the teen doing the posting as well, as she anxiously awaits the affirmation of comments and likes. When Athena posts pictures to Instagram, she told me, “I’m nervous about what people think and are going to say. It sometimes bugs me when I don’t get a certain amount of likes on a picture.”

A review of the research around Facebook use found that 'passive use' (scrolling through posts without interacting with the content) was associated with lower wellbeing and life satisfaction, but 'active use', where Facebook was used to directly communicate with others, or create content, was not associated with these negative effects, and may actually have a slight positive impact on wellbeing and perceptions of social support over time.16 

Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.

You can create what Apple calls Allowances for your children's app usage, and this is more sophisticated than iOS parental controls in the past. And it's all set up from your parental device.

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The use of screens has become nearly unescapable in our daily lives. Screens are now the medium through which we access entertainment, communicate with others, socialise, and shop. 

Much of the rest of the world wanted to shout for joy about the trajectory of history, and how it pointed in the direction of free markets and liberal democracy. Palmer’s account of events in Russia, however, was pure bummer. In the fall of 1999, he testified before a congressional committee to disabuse members of Congress of their optimism and to warn them of what was to come.

Today’s teens are also less likely to date. The initial stage of courtship, which Gen Xers called “liking” (as in “Ooh, he likes you!”), kids now call “talking”—an ironic choice for a generation that prefers texting to actual conversation. After two teens have “talked” for a while, they might start dating. But only about 56 percent of high-school seniors in 2015 went out on dates; for Boomers and Gen Xers, the number was about 85 percent.

The research, which involved children aged between eight and 11 found that those with higher amounts of recreational screen time on smart phones and playing video games had far worse cognitive skills across a range of functions. 

Several professional bodies have released recommendations for the use of screens and digital media by children and young people. The British Psychological Society recommends that parents and carers use technology alongside children and engage them in discussions about media use.2

When we were looking at the detailed tap-through report just now, you'll have noticed that each app on the most-used list has a sand-timer icon next to it. If this is highlighted in orange, it means you've set a limit on that app's usage. (Limited apps will also appear in a separate category above most-used, labelled Limits.)

“I think parents should now be looking closely at screen time and this suggests it should be limited to two hours a day."

Some of the confusion around the effects of screen use in children may also be due to how quickly technology has developed. There are now many different types of screens (televisions, computers, tablets, mobile phones) which can be used in many different ways (watching films, playing games, reading books, using social media). This means when we talk about 'screen use' in children and young people, we can be talking about a huge range of activities, each of which may have a unique impact. 

There's also no way to reward your children with extra time for doing chores around the house - but then the Screen Time app from Screen Time Labs is subscription-based for these more enhanced features.

Children who spend more than two hours a day looking at a screen have worse memory, language skills and attention span, a landmark study has found.

The study of US children, led by the University of Ottawa, questioned thousands of parents and children on their daily habits - including time spent sleeping, using smartphones and other devices, and levels of physical activity. 

 The findings are likely to be considered by Dame Sally Davies, the country’s chief medical officer, who is undertaking a review of the impact of technology on children’s health, and whether to set guidance on healthy screen time. Until now, experts have argued about a lack of clear evidence about the impact of screen time.

In this, too, she is typical. The number of teens who get together with their friends nearly every day dropped by more than 40 percent from 2000 to 2015; the decline has been especially steep recently. It’s not only a matter of fewer kids partying; fewer kids are spending time simply hanging out. That’s something most teens used to do: nerds and jocks, poor kids and rich kids, C students and A students. The roller rink, the basketball court, the town pool, the local necking spot—they’ve all been replaced by virtual spaces accessed through apps and the web.

In the study, families were given questionnaires to see how many children aged 8 to 11 get nine to 11 hours sleep, less than two hours recreational screen time, and at least an hour’s exercise daily.

The study found that more than two hours a day of recreational screen time was associated with worse working memory, processing speed, attention levels, language skills and executive function.

Screen Time only works via iCloud account usage on devices. If you have a family iPad, the system will record all app usage regardless of who uses it meaning the system can be easily bypassed. The answer still appears to be that if you want to track what your kids are doing, they'll all need their own iOS devices.

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You can also set time limits for individual apps, and limits on types of app (such as games, social networking and health & fitness) or content (by age rating, for example).

Found in the Settings app alongside Notifications and Do Not Disturb, the feature will monitor the way you use your device, telling you everything from how long you've spent on certain app categories to specific apps. It will even tell you how many times you've picked up your iPhone in a given hour.

 The findings are likely to be considered by Dame Sally Davies, the country’s chief medical officer, who is undertaking a review of the impact of technology on children’s health, and whether to set guidance on healthy screen time. Until now, experts have argued about a lack of clear evidence about the impact of screen time.

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It is important to note that a great many of the studies that look at screen use in children and young people are cross-sectional, meaning they look at the characteristics of a group at a single point in time. This can make it difficult to draw firm conclusions about whether screen use causes certain outcomes, or if children who are more likely to use screens frequently, are also more likely to experience various physical and psychological outcomes because of another common factor. 

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Writing in a linked Comment, Dr Eduardo Esteban Bustamante, from the University of Illinois, USA, said the findings suggest that too much screen time could mean children's brains had too little time to recover from the strain of each day. 

This last option is particularly important if you're setting limits for kids (who will be able to ask you for an extension when they run out of time).

The study of US children, led by the University of Ottawa, questioned thousands of parents and children on their daily habits - including time spent sleeping, using smartphones and other devices, and levels of physical activity. 

What happened in 2012 to cause such dramatic shifts in behavior? It was after the Great Recession, which officially lasted from 2007 to 2009 and had a starker effect on Millennials trying to find a place in a sputtering economy. But it was exactly the moment when the proportion of Americans who owned a smartphone surpassed 50 percent.

For 12 years, politicians did not, and now Americans’ “children” have themselves been elected to serve. When Gore made that remark, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a teenager, a legal minor, one of a million kids living in New York.

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These children did around five per cent better in the tests than the average child.  Significantly, the study isolated screen time as the likely key factor. Children who were glued to their screens for less than two hours a day saw performance around four per cent better than the average among their group, regardless of other habits.

Growth of in-game transactions, esports and live-streaming have had major impact, Dr Tom Brock's research argues