How to Limit Screen Time Using Parental Controls

Young child watching video on laptop

Children are fascinated by technology and the limitless uses of high-speed internet. But what happens when their favourite show or game is keeping them up at night?

Unlimited data is great for education and entertainment, but unlimited screen time can be harmful to your child.

How Much Screen Time is Bad?

While screens can help to keep children quiet for a while, it’s important to know when it’s too much. The signs of too much screen time can usually be seen over long periods of time.


For example, children gaining weight, having behavioural issues and screens interfering with sleep. When these symptoms are visible, the cons of internet use outweigh the pros.

The problem doesn’t stop with kids, as many adults overuse electronics too. Both adults and children can limit screen time using parental controls.

How to Limit Screen Time

Aptus uses a Fritz!Box 4040 router as standard issue. This router has parental controls which allow parents to restrict internet use by device.

Fritzbox 4040 router

With Fritz!Box 4040 parental controls, you can set the number of hours per day allowed on a device or a group of devices. This means that a child’s mobile phone, tablet and gaming console can have a combined set time limit per day.

Screen limitations can also be set by the time of day so internet use doesn’t happen outside of set hours. For example, children would have internet access until 9 pm each evening.

Setting-up Parental Controls

To start setting screen limits in your home, make sure you first have the following:

  • You’ll need a Fritz!Box 4040 router. If you’re an Aptus customer and do not have a Fritz!Box 4040 router, please contact our support team.
  • A mobile app: If you want to set-up the parental controls on a mobile device, download the Fritz!App for iOs or the Fritz!App for Android, depending on which mobile device you own.
  • Full instructions for setting up parental controls are here. This provides a step-by-step guide for you to restrict screen times for your internet connection.
  • If you have difficulty setting-up parental controls on your Fritz!Box 4040 from Aptus, please contact Aptus Support for assistance.

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