iPhone Parental Controls Guide

Thomas Gilham

>The controls activated on the iPhone can help parents and guardians limit or block access to certain apps and phone features. For your child’s device, the parental controls can go a long way to guard against purchases, downloads, privacy and access to explicit content. Apple has also embedded a host of safety features to protect your phone when it comes to issues like repair, handling, battery, navigation, exposure to heat and charging. According to

Here are 7 iPhone parental controls you should know about to help protect your child online:

1. Apply Screen Time limit
Screen Time allows users to get valuable iPhone usage information and details of the manageable features. Start activating the Screen Time limit by appending your kid’s name to the Family Sharing list. From here, specify the rules dictating how your child will use his or her iPhone. The restrictions cover everything from Content and Privacy controls to download and App limits. Once the controls are activated, the iPhone will furnish you with a weekly report showing the number of times your child picked the phone and the amount of time they spent on the activated Apps. The fairly detailed report also features downtime and screen time passcode. Remember, all this information can be tracked from the Screen Time Settings.

2. Set content restrictions
The content restriction section makes it easy to stop your child from purchasing adult-rated materials like TV-MA TV shows and R-rated movies. The restrictions also apply to podcasts and music that your child could listen to as well as books and Apps they can access. To set the restrictions, go to the “Content Restrictions” section located under the “Allow Apps” drop-down. If you want to set restrictions on website access, go to Limit Adult Content. The other option is to go to Specific Websites Only command and add the websites you want to restrict.

3. Prevent the alteration of approved changes
This section grants you the privilege to stop your child from changing key items like the data plan and passcode. The “prevent changes” section can be accessed from the “Allow Changes” option. Parents should also make it a point to activate the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” command when targeting iPhone users who have attained the driving age.

4. Disable Apps
Parents can use this option to disable certain Apps they may find inappropriate or undesirable for children. The first step is to go to “Content and Privacy Restrictions” and check the “Allowed Apps” section. From here, you will be able to disable the Apps you do not want your child to use. You can also set restrictions on what your child can install and the Apps they can delete. Purchases linked to the iTunes and App Store Purchases segment can also be restricted.

5. Apply privacy settings
This control tool makes it possible for parents to prevent kids from potentially reversing crucial safeguards such as “Share My Location” and “Location Services”. These tools are vital in tracking a child’s location. Parents can also use the tool to peruse through the Apps that have access to the child’s photo album. For instance, you can allow access to the more trusted Instagram and Pinterest and thwart access to photo Apps you do not want. It also helps to have a studious talk with your child concerning the dangers of sharing photos with strangers on the web.

6. Activate location sharing
Under the shared feature, you will find the Family Sharing option. Check the location sharing to activate the feature. The feature runs on Find My Friend App and allows you to locate your child’s iPhone if you do not get a response after calling or submitting a text.

7. Control App Store purchases
Once you have set up all the required Screen Time restrictions on your child’s phone, the next vital step is controlling store purchases that need your consent. To start the process, go to Settings, then select your name and followed by Family Sharing. Activate the “Ask to Buy” option if you have young kids aged (12 and below). Enabling the function will let you receive notifications to either approve or reject a purchase carted from the Apple Store.

Summary of instructions

Kids often find Apple devices like smartphones much cooler to own. The popularity of Apple devices has been fueled by competitive product pricing. To protect young children with iPhone, you need to know how to set parental restrictions.

The following shortcuts highlighted by Apple Support will help you set the controls on your child’s iPhone, iPad and iPad touch.

Setting Game Center restrictions
• Select Screen Time under the Setting command
• Go to “Content and Privacy Restrictions” then point to Content Restrictions.
• Move down to the Game Center and tap your finger on the Settings

The restrictions apply to the following gaming features:
• Adding friends, to include friends in your gaming platform.
• Multiplayer games, to engage more players in a game.
• Screen recording, to restrict screen and sound capture.

Applying limits on Siri web searches
• Start by tapping on Settings, followed by Screen Time
• Go to Content Privacy Restrictions and select Content Restrictions
• Move down to Siri and make the changes you want to bring forth.

The following Siri features can also be restricted as part of child protection measures:
• The use of explicit language
• Automatic web search for answers

Placing safeguards to prevent web content

Parents can access the iOS platform, which powers the iPhone to filter website content. One of the ways to do this is restricting access to Safari and Apps that carry adult content.

• Tap on Settings and select Screen Time
• Go to the command, Content and Privacy Restrictions and type your passcode to gain access
• Next, go to Content Restrictions and select Web Content
• Pick the options listed i.e. Allowed Websites Only, Limit Adult Websites and Unrestricted Access and make the desired changes.

Preventing explicit content and setting content ratings
• Select Settings, then move to Screen Time
• Choose Content and Privacy Restrictions, then move down to Content Restrictions
• Go to Settings and change the features you want. Alternatively, go to Allowed Store Content and set the desired restrictions.

The contents to restrict include:
• Music profiles and postings
• Ratings for country and region
• Music, podcasts and news restrictions
• Movies
• Books
• Apps
• TV programs

Third Party Parental Control Apps

Besides the inbuilt, Apple Screen Time software features, parents can also use third-party parental control Apps to control the freedom kids get when using a smartphone. One of the most prolific controls is using the ratings to reinforce restrictions on Apps, books, music, TV shows and movies.

Some of the best iOS third-party parental control Apps in the market today include: Zift, Norton Family Premier and Our Pack Screen Time. Parents can download and use the OurPack App to control the amount of screen time kids can enjoy.

The highly resourceful App can also be used to figure out the location of the iPhone and block objectionable websites. Most of these features have unfortunately been discontinued on the iOS 12 platform. Zift has been forthcoming with many useful features such as location history and a list of websites that kids have surfed.

You many also want to consider installing a VPN on your iPhone or a password manager for additional security.


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