Want to give your child one hour of screen time before dinner and another after? Or maybe you’d like to limit your child’s time on apps to 30 minutes in the morning and another half hour while you make dinner in the evening?
Forcefield now gives you the ability to set multiple App Sleeper schedules each day, for each of your children, on all of their devices.
Piano lessons on Tuesdays? Math tutor on Thursdays? Church on Sundays? You can easily combine “day specific” App Sleeper sessions with “everyday” schedules to create a single “set it and forget it” system. Layer and edit as needed!
How Forcefield’s Updated App Sleeper Works
From Forcefield for Parent Device, select child/App Sleeper/Sleep Apps on a Schedule.
- Create your first schedule by tapping “+Add Schedule”
- Give that schedule a name (piano lesson, homework, etc)
- Select day(s) you want apps to sleep
- Select time you want apps to sleep (reminder: the start time is when apps will go off)
- Tap “Save”
Repeat the above steps to schedule as many App Sleeper sessions per day/week as needed.
See How Forcefield’s Updated App Sleeper Works
Tips for Setting App Sleeper Schedules
Set apps off an hour before your child’s bedtime: Before-bed screen time can sabotage kids’ sleep. The culprit? Blue-light emitting devices interrupt the body’s production of melatonin. Experts recommend screens off at least one hour before bedtime. (The National Sleep Foundation estimates that fewer than 15% percent of teens are getting the required 8 to 8.5 hours per night. Screens are largely to blame for what is now referred to as a “digitally induced sleep deprivation epidemic.”) Want other ways to outsmart blue-light? Here are some weird hacks.
Consider the total number of daily and weekly hours when creating a App Sleeper schedules: Even if apps are off an hour before bed, the cumulative amount of daily screen time is also important in terms of protecting kids’ health and sleep. According to one large study published in BMJ Open, kids who spend more than four hours per day on screens are linked to a 49% greater risk of taking longer than 60 minutes to fall asleep and are 3.5 times as likely to sleep for less than 5 hours.