- On Monday, Apple released the public beta of iOS 12, the latest version of its mobile operating system.
- One feature of the new system is Screen Time, a system which provides users with a better understanding of time spent on your mobile devices.
- Users can review a weekly activity summary that details how you used your iPhone or iPad.
- You can also set limits so you get alerts when you use an app too much.
- Parents can create customized time limits for apps or a period of downtime when all apps are blocked.
- In January, two of Apple’s leading stockholders, Jana Partners and California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, called on Apple to address the issue of technology addiction, urging them to create tools to help parents provide oversight of children’s tech usage.
- Even Tim Cook expressed surprise at how much he uses his phone.
- A variety of recent studies point to a connection between screen use and mental health issues.
- We should focus our prayer lives and our habits on building the cardinal virtue of temperance.
- Parents can and should set a disciplined example by examining our own screen use and habits.
- Families should set ground rules for screen free times and zones of the home.
- Not every child needs a mobile device. Summer may be the time to assess whether mobile devices are needed tools or something that can be put away for use at a more mature age.
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