Note: This post contains affiliate links.
Recently, I had a parent ask me how I set up my kids tablets so they didn’t have access to everything available on the net. I hope this helps you other Apple-loving parents as well. I have another post on Keeping Them Safe Online, dealing with boundaries and habits to ensure your kids electronics use isn’t going down a wrong road. They both are great resources for your kids’ tablet & phone use (and maybe yours as well!)
Here are some pics of how I set up my kids’ iPads for utmost security. They can only change the restrictions by typing in the parental passcode, which is different from their phone unlock code. They do not know the parental passcode. The restrictions actually work excellently. Thank you, Apple!
FYI – The pictures you will see below are from MY PHONE. I also don’t want to see any inappropriateness, but I do have a higher level of protection on my kids’ iPads than you will see on some of my restrictions.
- Go to SETTINGS
- Scroll down and select GENERAL
- Then, choose RESTRICTIONS
- Scroll down a little more and you will see this…
CHOOSE MUSIC & PODCASTS: This is the only control you have for music or podcasts, explicit or not. Move the tab so the green is no longer showing. This means you will have no access to any explicit lyrics.
CHOOSE MOVIES: Again, this has a lot to do with age. My kids iPads allow G as the top rating, but they are elementary age.
CHOOSE TV SHOWS: These are the TV shows & their ratings. This is no longer something you can ignore. TV is every bit as graphic as the movies. We have our TV in close proximity to our kitchen, so I know what kind of shows they are watching. I don’t know much about these ratings, other than that they mean TV-Y means TV-Youth, TV-Youth 7 year. I have my kids set at TV-G.
CHOOSE BOOKS: I have not tried this out to see what they would call “explicit”. I wish there was more of a rating system for books. Again, move the tab so it isn’t showing the green, that means they will NOT be able to sample, download or read books with explicit content. But, again, we all have different convictions on reading materials, so I would just encourage you to be aware of what your kids are reading. I remember reading some pretty inappropriate Judy Blume books when I was young. The tough part is that it is a clearly junior-aged book, so most parents assume it’s safe for reading, as did mine.
CHOOSE APPS: This one is a little tough, so you just need to play around with it.When you set the age limit on apps, the apps will disappear if they are outside of your parameters. But, the apps stay on your phone, so don’t freak out if all the apps disappear when you choose too high of a restriction. Just change the restriction to the next level and more apps will appear back. You choose where your comfort level is. I have my daughter’s app restriction, who is 8, at the 12+ level. It just takes a little playing around and making sure the apps are to your liking.
CHOOSE WEBSITES: For my kids, I chose “Specific Websites Only”, but if you are really amazing 🙂 you could input educational website addresses, etc. (Remember, this is my phone, that is why I have different restrictions 🙂
I hope this has been helpful! If you have any helpful tips on keeping your kids safe online, we would love to hear them! Please share in the comments below.
And, if you want more content like this, please subscribe today!
Blessings on your family,
[mojoitem platform=’wordpress’ type=’themes’ item=’popular’ quantity=’3′ seller=” aff=”]
SIGN UP TODAY for the MINI-MARRIAGE CHALLENGE
Register for a FREE 5-Day Mini-Marriage Workshop. It's packed full of great lessons, encouragement, activities and printables to give you a happy marriage!