Parental controls allow parents to limit what features and apps their children have access to. Additionally, parents can also limit how much time their children can spend on the phone, which features they can use, and which apps they can access.
Apple has a few different ways you can set up parental controls on your device. You can set them up directly from Apple, from a separate device like a Mac or Google Device, or you can set them up via a third-party app.
Depending on the version of iOS you have, you may only be able to set up parental controls via a third-party app. Luckily, there are some great ones out there that get the job done!
Currently, there are five different levels of parental control on Apple devices. They are: No Control, Screen Time Only, Limited (Old) Restrictions Only, Limited (New) Restrictions Only, and No Access.
Under General, you can toggle off Restrictions. Once you do this, anyone can change your settings! So, make sure you set a passcode to re-enter restrictions.
Restrictions allows you to control Internet browsing, Insta stalking, phone usage, and more. Here is a list of things you can control:
Insta stalking: You can set how long they have to wait before accessing the app or app features. You can also just disable the app entirely if you feel like it is a problem.
Internet: You can set time limits and categories of sites they cannot access. For example, they cannot go past your bank website or any other specific sites. They can also only use certain apps for internet like only using Google Chrome for browsing!
Screen Time: This allows you to set time limits for apps and features. For instance, an hour of YouTube and then done for the day! Or setting a bedtime so they cannot use their phone late at night.
Select Parental Controls
Once in Settings, find Safari and select Parental Controls. This will bring you to a screen where you can create a passcode to get into these controls.
This is helpful so that other family members or friends cannot change your settings or completely disable the restrictions. You can also change these at any time, adding or removing restrictions as needed.
Here you can adjust the following: Search History, Limits, Automatically Accept Cookies, Block Offensive Content, and Create New Profiles.
Search History allows you to clear your history and chooses how long of a history to keep on searches. Limits gives you options on what age limits to set the restrictions to. Automatically Accept Cookies lets you choose if you want to automatically accept cookies or not on websites. Block Offensive Content lets you choose what types of content to block and at what level. Create New Profiles lets you make new profiles for different children with different settings.
Enter your passcode
Once you have set up your child’s account, you will need to enter your passcode to get to the Parental Control Settings. This is so that they cannot make changes to the settings you put in place.
This is also a way to remind them that they need to ask an adult for permission before making changes to things. They will need to ask an adult for a permission if they want to make changes.
This is a great way to start a conversation about digital safety and privacy. As parents, we want our children to feel comfortable coming to us with things and this is an easy way to strengthen that trust.
It is also important as parents we want to keep our children safe and the best way to do that is through open communication.
Find the content you wish to restrict
Once you are in the settings menu, you need to find the section for parental controls. In the settings menu, there is a section labeled Children. This is the area where you will set up your parental controls.
Under Children, there is a section called Screen Time. Screen Time gives you control over what apps and features people have access to. You can set time limits and even reward good behavior with points that can reduce time on devices.
You can also choose which apps they have access to and limit how long they can use them. With this feature, your child will not be able to spend too much time on any one app because they will only have a limited amount of time allocated to them.
Another part of Screen Time gives you control over content. You can filter out inappropriate content and put in safety measures against cyber bullying and device addiction.
Set restrictions for this content
Once you get to the content restrictions section, you can set limitations for certain content. You can limit access to certain genres, dating sites, provocative clothing sites, and gambling sites.
There are also restrictions you can put on social media apps like Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. You can also limit toy and game purchases and shopping sites like Amazon!
These are great features to have as a parent. It gives you more control over the internet and what your child is exposed to. Even if you are not a parent but have an iPhone, these features are very useful.
Review your setup
Once you have installed the parental controls, it is important to check on them and make sure they are working properly. You will need to do this by reviewing your setup periodically.
If you have children of different ages, you may want to set up the parental controls for the younger child and then add more restrictions as they get older. This way, you do not have to delete all of the settings once they no longer need the lower level of control.
You can check your settings either via the Settings menu or by going to General>Restrictions>View Restrictions. This will let you modify what settings you have put in place and whether or not they are enabled or disabled.
If you find that your children are asking for something that is too expensive or that they are having trouble coping with something on the settings, then you can simply go in and adjust them.
Change your settings
Once you get to the settings menu, you can start to configure the settings you would like to change. Most of these settings can be found in the General, Screen Time, Privacy, and Speech Settings menus.
General Settings includes things like turning on Do Not Disturb and changing your profile picture and name. Screen Time gives you a breakdown of how much time you have spent on each app and the ability to set app limits.
Privacy allows you to change who can see your information, whether that is only you or others depending on what information is being shared. You can also change who can contact or locate you here. Speech Settings allows you to turn off Siri if needed.
Establish time limits
Apple introduced a new feature in iOS 12 called Screen Time. It’s a suite of tools that lets you set restrictions on how much time kids can spend on iPhone and iPad, as well as which apps they can access.
Screen Time comes with a daily limit for screen time, as well as the ability to set limits on specific apps. For example, you can limit your child to one hour of Instagram a day.
You can also set whitelists and blacklists for apps, so they cannot access certain apps even if they want to. This is great for when they are trying to do homework or things like that.
The last thing about Screen Time is track how much time your children spend on their devices. This comes in handy to see how much time they are spending on their devices and whether or not they are following the rules you have set for them.