Playing video games can be a great way to bond with friends or learn new skills, but it’s important to enjoy a healthy balance with offline activities too. Qustodio’s games & apps feature is here to help: keep an eye on the apps your kids are using and set limits to make sure they get that balance. Watch the video below to see how to get set up and keep reading for a more detailed guide!
Switch on games & apps protection
To start, log in to your parent dashboard and select the child you want to monitor. Head to the games & apps rules screen and you’ll see a list of all the apps your child has accessed on their device. Switch the Apply restrictions toggle to the right and then you’ll be able to set rules for each of the apps listed.
If you spot an inappropriate app on the list that you want to completely block, simply slide the toggle next to it to the left. Now when your child tries to open it on an Android device, they’ll instead see a screen letting them know that the app has been blocked to keep them safe. If they try to open it on an iOS device, the app’s internet connection will be cut off so they won’t be able to download any new content or interact with anyone online.
Set healthy time limits for apps
There will probably be some apps that you’re happy for your child to use, but want to make sure they don’t spend all day on. We’ve got that covered too. Click on Set time limits and then use the dial to choose how long your child can spend on the app each day. You can adapt the allowance to each day of the week, perhaps setting lower limits on school days and giving them more flexibility at the weekend – it’s completely up to you!
Manage alerts for new apps
Once you’ve set the rules, you can edit them as much or as little as you like. There’s no need to keep checking back to see if new apps have appeared on the list – switch on the Alert me toggle (found under Notifications in the games & apps rules screen) and you’ll receive an email when your child uses a new app for the first time, so you can set rules as needed.