Kids when growing up tend to pick up on things really quick and sometimes or most time, we do not get choose what our kids learn. The best we can do as a parent is to strive to guide them, take control where necessary and if your kid spends a lot of time on his/her phone, these are 7 iPhone Parental Control settings 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.
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.
How to Set iPhone Parental Control Settings on iPhone
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.
What Are The iPhone Parental Control Settings I Can Set on Kid’s iPhone Now?
I Personally count them to be seven in number, to be frank, some of these iPhone parental control settings were discovered by accident, while I learned some from colleagues and several parental online communities, and they are as follows;
#1. Disable Certain Apps
First and foremost on the iPhone Parental Control settings is to disable some apps, because 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 to 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.
#3. Privacy settings
In the Privacy section of the iPhone Parental Control settings, 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.
One of the main ideas having these iPhone Parental Controls is to restrict your kids from having access to some features and the Allowed changes section lets you do this well by preventing 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, you 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.
And that’s all about the several iPhone Parental Controls settings you can set in your kid’s/ ward’s iPhone. Remember, this isn’t meant to make your kids to like using their phones entirely, rather it is meant to limit the amount of time they spend with the phone on daily basis or on the weekends/holidays. If you as a parent or legal guardian decides that your kid won’t use any phone until he or she graduates from college, it’s entirely up to you.