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Apple 'Families': You want to do what's best for your family. So do we.

Recently some groups have been trying to get attention by calling out smartphone use in general and Apple in particular as something not just dangerous but downright harmful. While it's a serious issue — as I discussed with therapist Georgia Dow in a recent episode of VECTOR — it's not and should never be clickbait.

To help make it easier for parents to sift the signal from the noise, Apple has put together a new section of its website devoted to parental controls, family sharing, and other child-related features and technology.

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. They're some of the most powerful tools ever made for learning, exploring, and staying in touch. Parents love them. Kids love them. And we're continually designing new features to help make sure kids use them in the ways you want.

It's a great collection and a great resource, and I look forward to messaging, mailing, and tweeting the link to every manic media pundit and frenetic family member who scream about the issue without doing a drop of due diligence first.

Apple has also said it will have new and expanded parental control features in iOS 12, which is expected to be announced at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC 2018) starting June 4.

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

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  • Rene, have you looked at OurPact? We use it for our kids - it uses a device management profile and an app on your phone, which lets you set time limits and create a schedule by app on the device.