How to set parental control on iPhone or iPad
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Jun 01, 2021
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Sophia Clark

How to Set Parental control on iPhone or iPad

Parental Controls also termed as Content & Privacy Restrictions in IOS devices. Setting Parental Controls is a piece of cake for parents. Don't worry even if you aren’t good with techs and don’t understand much about them. You can do it by following the steps written here.

What is Parental Controls and Why Parental Controls is Useful?

You cannot rest easy thinking your kids are safe as they are inside your house. They may be watching irrelevant content under your nose without your knowledge. If your kids are watching a lot of videos and playing online games then they are likely to expose to adult content. How? The answer is Google ads. Therefore, I suggest using parental controls for your family.

If your kids don't have their personal phones and are using your phones then they are less safe. Your age is already 21+ so you can view any content without restrictions. But your kids who are 10 or below can access what you can access too. Free games get income from running ads which we all know. There are ads targeted by Google ad sense for your age in those ads. Some ads are game-related whereas some are 18+ apps and websites which includes dating apps, R-rated videos, games, violence. They tap those ads on random to exit and they get redirected to those sites or to Appstore.

If you don’t know what this is then let me help you understand it in a simple manner. It is software that helps parents to put restrictions on kids’ devices. This will ban kids from viewing content improperly to their age and maturity level.

What Can I restrict With Parental Controls? And How Do I Enable It?

Turning on parental controls will help you restrict certain apps and contents. Device functions like; deleting apps, purchasing in-games, turning on cellular data, and more.

Process of enabling restrictions for iPhone and IPad

  • You will see your screen usage history, Downtime, etc. Ignore it and look for Use Screen Time Passcode.
  • After setting your preferred passcode now tap Content and Privacy Restrictions. Inside it there you will see another Content & Privacy Restrictions. Tap on it to make the bar green. If you followed the instruction and made it this far then your screen should be looking like this now:

The Must ‘Turn On’ Restrictions in your iPhone and iPad.

  • In this list number 1 is to disable in-app purchases. Most parents link their card and bank details in apple id and let their kid use their phones. Kids press the buy button without reading and make in-app purchases without knowing. To prevent that go to Content & Privacy Restrictions. Below you can see iTunes & App Store Purchases, tap on it. Next tap on In-app Purchases there you will see Allow, tap it, and set to Don’t Allow.
  • While playing free games kids see a lot of photo ads and video ads. They tap on them and download them without reading and understanding. Some are good games some are adult-rated. Ad blockers can block them but everyone don’t want to buy ad blockers for $5 to $10 monthly expenses. So to your concern iPhone and iPad comes with options to auto-filter website content. It will help you lower access to adult contents in Safari as well as other apps on your children devices. It cannot completely block ads though. To prevent adult sites from popping on your kid’s phone go to Content & Privacy Restrictions. Now, tap on Content Restrictions, then ‘Web Content’. You can set to Limit Adult Websites. But I recommend to Choose Allowed Websites Only for your kids' safety.
  • Setting Downtime. This is the most lovable feature on this list. You as a parent will feel your money was worth buying an iPhone or iPad after setting this feature. To your surprise this feature allows you to lock your kids' iPhone or iPad without you even touching it. If your kid sleeps alone and watches phones till late at night then you won't have to wake up worrying midnight from now on. You also won't need to nag at them to sleep on time. This feature closes your kids' phone and makes all apps unusable except phone calls and texts. This feature helps you set a screen lock as well as unlocks it at the time of your choice. Which is why it's a good fit for kids whose parents work till late at night. You can come home without any hurry knowing your kids have slept already You can set this feature from Settings. Then tap Screen Time and below you will see Downtime. Upon tapping another Downtime will appear and make its bar green. Upon making it green two choices will pop up. One is Every Day another is Customize Days. You can set, same time every day if you want or customize set if you want to be lenient on weekends.

Setting Downtime

Setting Downtime

Likewise, you can set your own restrictions as you feel.

P.S. Don’t forget the password or else you will have to reset your phone for it. Keep your password to yourself. Save them safe and sound where your kids can’t reach them or they may disable restrictions by sneaking on your password. There are 'Oh! So smart.' Type kids and your kid may be one of them. These kids are way ahead in the matter of technologies and gadgets. They can know your passcode by looking at it once only or guess where you could have hidden the passcodes. Be smart. Don’t lose to your kids and show them who’s the boss.

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Sophia Clark

Sophia Clark is a writer from Sydney, kid-lit enthusiast, and mom of three kids who loves to writes about motherhood, parenting, and big feelings.