Monday, January 15, 2018

7 Parental Controls You Can Set on Your Kid's iPhone Now

Raising a child is one of the hardest voluntary jobs I've ever done in my life, it can be frustrating and annoying sometimes, I can also make your heart to be filled with love and joy. Now as these kids grow up, there are things about life you can control and there are things you just have to roll with it and hope for the best.
7 Parental Controls You Can Set on Your Kid's iPhone Now

Technolgy plays a vital roll in our daily lives and it isn't a good thing of you as a parent to deny your kids of using technology or even shield your kids from it, as a matter of fact, it is actually close to an impossible thing to do. But today we won't be talking about technology as a whole, we'll rather be talking about iPhones and its addiction to kids.

iPhones are like cigarettes, they can be addictive to both adults and kids as well. An adult being an adult can take care of her/himself but what about that minor who still needs to be taught and directed from wrong to right? 

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Apple, on the other hand, has been urged to address phone addiction among its youngest customers and in response, vowed to introduce new controls that will enable parents and guardians have more and effective controls over their kid's or ward's iPhone usage.

Now, you can as a parent or ward can help yourself while you wait for Apple to add these new controls with seven controls to protect their kids' privacy and restrict their access to explicit content. 

Apple dubbed it the iPhone's parental controls and to enable them, go to Settings >>> General >>> Restrictions >>> Enable Restrictions then enter a four-digit passcode that will keep your kid from going in and changing the restrictions you set up.

#1.   Disable Certain Apps

There are apps that aren't kid-friendly, not that these apps are generally bad, but the information they hold isn't good for a minor. Now after enabling Restrictions. At the top, you'll see an Allow section that lets you toggle off certain apps you don't want your child using. You can choose to add Safari in the list and your kid won't have access to the internet. You can also prevent your kid from installing or deleting apps or making in-app purchases.

#2.   Content Restrictions

Just after the Alow Section is another restrictions setting called Content Restrictions. From there you can you can prevent your kid from making purchases of R-rated movies and TV-MA-rated shows. 

From content restrictions, you can also select content ratings for music and podcasts, books and apps. For Websites, you can choose to limit Adult Content or, for smaller kids, Specific Website Only.

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#3.   Privacy settings

In the Privacy section, you can make changes and setups that will prevent your child from making changes to various apps. Access to pictures and location sharing are the things I'd restrict and set them to Don't Allow Changes.

#4.   Prevent Changes.

The Allowed changes section lets you prevent your child from making changes on their iPhone. Several changes you can prevent your kid from making includes Cellular data plan so that he/she won't incur unnecessary bills. And Do Not Disturb While Driving so their phones won't be any distractions, especially for an iPhone user of driving age.

#5.   Game Center Settings

I've seen first hand where a kid tried to do a move in real life that he's been doing in his online games. He got injured while at it and luckily it wasn't severe. That being said, in the Game Center section at the bottom of the Restrictions page in Settings, you can disable Multiplayer Games so your kid can still play games on his or her phone but not alongside online gamers.

Not only that, you can also restrict your kid from adding friends to their Game Center account and record their screen while playing.

#6.   Ask to Buy

When you are done setting up the above Restrictions on kid's/ward's iPhone,  yiu can also add them to Family Sharing. Doing so will not only you save money because you'll be able to share App Store purchases and iCloud storage space, but you can also gain some control over any App Store purchases they make.

And If your child is still under 13 years old, you will need to create an account for him or her from your own iPhone. To do so, 

✔   Go to Settings 

✔   Your Name

✔   Family Sharing

✔   Add Family Member

✔   Then tap Create a Child Account. 

✔   Details you'll then enter includes their (kid's) birthday

Then agree to the parent privacy disclosure

✔   the three-digit code on the back of the debit or credit card which should be tied to your own Apple ID

✔   Your kid's name.

Then you'll need to open an iCloud email address for him or her, choose a password for his or her account, and few security questions. 

And the account will then show up under Family Members on the Family Sharing page in Settings. After adding your kid as an official iPhone family member, you can start using the Ask to Buy feature to approve or decline App Store purchases. 

For 12 years kid and under, Ask to Buy is enabled by default, but if yours isn't enabled, you can manually do so by going to Family Sharing in Settings, tap "add a  family member" and then hit the toggle switch for Ask to Buy. With it enabled, you will get a notification on your iPhone to approve or decline proposed App Store purchases.

#7.   Location Sharing

Another handy restriction setting you can use in Family Sharing is Location Sharing. It lets you know that you can use the Find My Friends app to see where your iPhone-toting child is, should they fail to answer a call or a text, but of course, you have to enable this feature first.





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27 comments:

  1. I need to do this on my children's phones. I think I have some of these controls on, but I"ll have to double check. I want my kids to stay safe!

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    1. wow! i did not know this but maybe because i do not have kids! i can see the importance though and will surely spread the word!

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  2. These are great tips to monitor your kids phone access. I am lucky that my kids are still young and they don't have a phone yet. In a few years I will definitely have to apply these restrictions on my kids' phones.

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  3. These are all good tips to know. Thanks for sharing! xo, Suzanne

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  4. I can only imagine how difficult it is to set some phone rules for kids. This is a suitable guide for all parents!

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    1. it is difficult indeed.. but a parent has to do it anyways...

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  5. There's nothing better than making sure that you child is safe, especially online. I think this serves as a good guide for parents who would like to keep track of their children's activities online and offline!

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  6. My kids weren't allowed to have cell phones until they were driving and actually needed them. But my husband and I both work in the tech industry and we did lock the computer down until they were older teens. The world is big enough without diluting their innocence with all the nonsense online lately.

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    1. that's right,, when I was younger I never had the luxury of owning a phone until I was about to enter college

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  7. Wow, only if this was around when mine were younger. I was always so anxious about what they were doing on the phones.

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    1. well you can always do this on your grandkid(s) too

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  8. I am sharing this FOR SURE. This is a great post.

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  9. My daughter is 3 years old and my son 6 months so it looks like i still have some time before I have to use this features and apps, but i will definitely recommend this post to my brother, he has a 12 yr old! Thank you for thhis important information!

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    1. Thank you Val, your kids are still young for these kinda settings, but your brother sure needs it

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  10. I didn't even know you could have parental control on your kids iphone. Don't think my parents ever did anything. but i get why you'd want to protect your kids against a certain type of content

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  11. Well thought out list! I always enable restrictions, but it honestly hadn’t occurred to me to enable
    Location services and that’s a biggie!

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    1. Location's one of my favourites, it comes in very handy whenever they lie to be about where they've been

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  12. My son is nowhere near old enough to have a cell phone...thank goodness!!! But I had no idea you could do all those things with an iphone, that's great to know. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. These are really important tips for parents to monitor their kids' phones.It is specially need to monitor what they play with their iPhone.
    Still,my kid is young and he doesn't use a phone.But,your post gave me really good tips to control his phone usage in future.

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  14. Great article! I am sure my parents would have had a field day with these tips growing up, LOL.

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