Kids have been finding workarounds to the Screen Time feature in iOS 12.
One of the main features that came with iOS 12, is Screen Time, that allows users of the iPhone and iPad to restrict the time they spend using their device, set app limits and also restrictions. This is great for parents to ensure their children get off their iDevice when needed, after a set time.
However, it hasn't taken long for children to bypass the restrictions and get past the limits.
The first way involves changing the time of the device to earlier in the day, before any downtime would start. This technique has also been used in the past to get free gifts in games, and bypass any restrictions in apps.
The second way, however, is more complicated. As spotted by Business Insider, it involves downloading a previously installed game from iCloud.
When iOS 12 came out I limited my 7-year old son’s screen time through the family share. For a few days I felt like he was playing a bit more than he should, but I couldn’t figure out why.
Parents can restrict and block this though, by going to Restrictions in Settings and turning off the Install Apps option. However, this means you can't update apps, to get new features, and some games might not work without being updated.
It looks like the second way could be a bug that Apple may fix in a future iOS 12 update, but we'll have to wait and look into it more.
It also seems kids can set a random Restrictions passcode that prevents their parents from setting any restrictions on the device, as they won't know the passcode.