Digital wellbeing is the Google Android app that is used to inform you about what your smartphone uses every day. It tells you how much time you spent on your phone during the day, monitoring the use of each app. It also counts the number of times you have unlocked your phone and the number of notifications received for 24 hours. Its Wind Down feature is specifically designed for the end of the day and allows you to check the days and hours when you are ready to slowly disconnect from the phone by making them in grayscale (removing all the colors from the screen) or activating the Night light function.
” tints your screen amber (making) it easier to look at your screen or read in dim light, and may help you fall asleep more easily.” – Google
You can also limit the use of any app every day. the time limit has been reached; it is not possible to open the app until the following day.
Since the update to beta version 1.0.257813777 (which starts today to beta testers), there is a big change in digital wellness. The app itself has the new name of Digital Wellbeing & parental control. This is done by Digital Wellbeing integration with the Google Family Link app. Family Link essentially allows a parent to supervise the use of an Android phone by their child by managing the apps they can use. It allows a parent to set limits on the amount of time on the screen the child can have during the day. Family Link also gives parents the power to lock their children’s devices and track their position.
Smartphone Addiction Is A Concern For Parents
If you open the Digital Wellbeing & parental controls, scroll down to the bottom of the main controls screen. There is a link “Set up parental controls“. If you click on it, we will provide you with a brief summary of how to configure parental controls using the Family Link app. Above in the blue box that says Get started in the lower right corner of the screen and you will be asked if the phone in hand will be used by a child or a parent. Finally, you will be asked to install the Family Link app from the Google Play Store.
Although we haven’t heard much about it this year, smartphone addiction remains a concern for many. The Digital Wellbeing and screen time of Apple are tools that parents can use to prevent this from happening while controlling their own use. It could be remembered that in March 2018 a group called Stanford Students Against Addictive Devices or SSAAD held a protest at the Palo Alto Apple Store. The group complained that Apple was not doing anything to stop smartphone addiction. SSAAD has asked Apple to develop an app that can track ” phone usage and clearly reports patterns “. Apple has released Screen Time as a feature on iOS 12, which was released on September 17, 2018. This was a little over 6 months after the protest.
During the Google I/O developers conference in May, the company stated that the integration between Digital Wellbeing and Family Link would be available in Android Q. But if you are a beta tester of the app and you’re running Android 9 Pie, it’s possible Now see the Parental Control link on your Android phone.
(Via: Android Police)
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