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Kids as young as 7 are finding ingenious ways around Apple's screen time controls

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Kids are finding ingenious ways to get around screen time controls on their Apple devices, according to reports from parents posted online. One seven-year-old tricked the feature by uninstalling anRead full story

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  • JJ Brennan
    JJ BrennanMan At The Top at Blue Spruce Productions

    Gotta love those little darlin’s don’t ya?

  • Christina Passarella
    Christina Passarella Project Manager

    Of course kids can find ways around parental control features - they have since home internet use first began to rise in the 90s. The issue here (and frankly, as far up the chain as regulating tech and social media companies by governments) is that this generation never knew a time before this technology existed. They're fluent, native speakers, and the adults who picked up these skills later in life will never quite catch up.

  • Rebecca Diaz
    Rebecca DiazFreelance Writer

    While I can see how you might like to utilize a built in feature to limit kid's screen time, if you find that it's not working, it's time to just do it the old fashioned way and take the toy away from the child. Lock it in a drawer and have a conversation with your child about respecting the rules set by the parent. My dad used to get so fed up with my sister refusing to comply with rules on her computer, that rather than try to set the computer up to restrict her, he'd just remove the power cord

    While I can see how you might like to utilize a built in feature to limit kid's screen time, if you find that it's not working, it's time to just do it the old fashioned way and take the toy away from the child. Lock it in a drawer and have a conversation with your child about respecting the rules set by the parent. My dad used to get so fed up with my sister refusing to comply with rules on her computer, that rather than try to set the computer up to restrict her, he'd just remove the power cord, or the mouse and keyboard.

    On another note I wonder how much of this rule bending is going on with devices at schools.

  • Helen Hoefele
    Helen HoefeleBlogger at HelenHoefele.com

    These workarounds are clever, but not so ingenious that parents can't make themselves knowledgeable about these things in the same way that kids can. Just knowing how to use Google effectively is an easy starting point. Kudos to the parents who noticed that the screen time controls didn't appear to be working as intended.

  • Lindsey  Avena
    Lindsey Avena

    Yep. Even into my teen years, I found ways to bypass any parental restrictions, whether it was by “hacking” or just paying close enough attention to acquire codes. I remember being grounded and told that the computer we had at home had a key logger, but little did they know... I knew how and where to check, and I knew I was being lied to.

    This isn’t new. Kids have always been this clever, and I find no surprise in the idea that even a seven year old can figure out how to avoid these restrictions

    Yep. Even into my teen years, I found ways to bypass any parental restrictions, whether it was by “hacking” or just paying close enough attention to acquire codes. I remember being grounded and told that the computer we had at home had a key logger, but little did they know... I knew how and where to check, and I knew I was being lied to.

    This isn’t new. Kids have always been this clever, and I find no surprise in the idea that even a seven year old can figure out how to avoid these restrictions. They’re clever. But not all of their parents grew up in a tech time, as Christina pointed out, so many of these parents won’t notice or won’t ever figure out how it happened. Technology is wild.

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