Screen Time parental controls on iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac | Technology

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Last month I wrote about two features that I consider missing from Apple’s Screen Time parental controls. In retrospect, what I should have written is how Screen Time is broken. I thought the next software update would fix things.

The first issue is Screen Time settings just resetting sporadically. Last year Apple acknowledged the issue in a statement to the Wall Street Journal:

“We are aware that some users may be experiencing an issue where Screen Time settings are unexpectedly reset,” an Apple spokeswoman said. “We take these reports very seriously and we have been, and will continue, making updates to improve the situation.”

Then last night, Matthew Panzarino (formerly of TechCrunch, now paving new ground at and The Obsessor) posting on Threads:

Screen time restrictions and parental controls on iOS remain completely broken. It turns off at random and you only realize hours or days after that they haven’t been active. I have a pretty granular setup of times, allowed apps and account permissions for each of my kids and they get completely blown away at random several times per week. It’s incredibly frustrating. If you work on this feature please fix it! It’s a great tool and vital in modern parenting!

My response on Threads:

I’m convinced whoever was in charge of Screen Time QA at the start has since sent their children to college.

Putting Screen Time requests in Messages broke watch approval. The Mac app just eats RAM if you try to approve a request or, say, chat with your kid after a request […]

And that’s really the problem in a nutshell for me. Screen Time notifications used to…

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