Even if your children don’t iPod Touch iPad or iPhone, there’s a good chance they’ll borrow yours at every opportunity. To keep them safe, it’s helpful to know how to use parental controls (aka Apple restrictions) on these devices.

Here is a quick overview of how to set up parental controls on iPhone or iPad. Starting with iOS 12, iOS devices have a feature called Screen Time that allows parents to set content restrictions .

Enter Restrictions in iOS 12

Starting with iOS 12, you restrict access using the new Screen Time feature and make all your restriction decisions from within Screen Time.

  1. Click icon » Settings» on the home screen of your iOS device.
  2. Select screen time .
  3. Click » Enable Screen Time» at the bottom of the screen if it’s not already enabled.
  4. Select Content and Privacy Restrictions .
  5. Enter four-digit password .
  6. Re-enter the same four-digit password .
  7. Select all the types of content you want to block, including in-app purchases, adult sites, explicit language, location sharing, and more on the Screen Time screen.

Having all the options in one place is incredibly convenient, and a huge selection of options allows you to fine-tune the restrictions for your child. Don’t leave screen time until you’ve considered all possible limitations. You may discover limitations that you didn’t realize you needed.

Enable restrictions in iOS 11 and earlier

All of the parental controls that Apple calls Restrictions rely on an adult (you) to enable Restrictions and enter a PIN or password that you keep secret. Here’s how to set up a passcode in iOS 11 and earlier:

  1. Click icon » Settings» on your iOS device.
  2. Select General .
  3. Select Restrictions .
  4. Select » Enable Restrictions» .
  5. Enter our digital access code, which you can remember and keep from your children.
  6. Enter The password again .

This password must be entered for any future changes you wish to make to the established limits. You need this pin when visiting multiple areas of an iOS device to set up different parent controls.

Consider disabling Safari and other apps

In chapter » Allow » on the page » Restrictions» (iOS 11 and earlier) you can choose whether you want your child to have access to certain apps, such as web browser safari , YouTube, FaceTime (video chat), and several other Apple apps. built-in applications. If you don’t want your child to have access to these apps, set the switches next to them to the off position. You can also turn off location reporting to prevent your child from posting location information on apps like Facebook.

Set Content Restrictions

Apple allows you to set limits on the type of content your child should have access to. You can set movie ratings that are allowed to be viewed by checking the box next to the highest rating you want them to see — G, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17. You can also set levels for TV content (eg TV-Y, TV-PG, TV-14), the same goes for apps and music.

To change allowed content levels (in iOS 11 and earlier), select » Music and podcasts» > » Movies» > » TV shows» (or » Applications» ) In chapter » Allowed Content ” and select the levels you want to allow your child.

Disable app installation

Disable your child’s ability to install apps on their iPhone by setting function » Installing Applications» in position » Off» On the screen » Restrictions» (in iOS 11 and earlier). You can still install apps; you just need to enter your password before doing so.

Disable in-app purchases

Many apps allow in-app purchases, where virtual goods can be purchased with real money. Little Johnny may or may not realize that he is making your bank account charge for the mighty eagle he just bought from the Angry Birds app. If you turn off in-app purchases, you can at least breathe a sigh of relief that your child won’t go to the bird shop on the day. On the screen » Restrictions» (in iOS 11 and earlier), click the slider next to Purchased at application», to move it to position » Off .».

Children are tech-savvy and can find a way around these restrictions. The fact that the restriction code is limited to only four digits doesn’t help, but you did your best to keep them safe. Maybe they will thank you one day when they have their own children.

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