How To Set Up Parental Controls on Your Child’s Smartphone/Tablet

How To Set Up Parental Controls on Your Kids Smartphone_Tablet

Have you ever set up parental controls on your child’s smartphone? If you haven’t, then you are leaving your kids at risk for exposure to millions of other people, some of which won’t have good intentions for your children. Keeping your child safe is important, so setting up parental controls on a smartphone or tablet is essential in the technological world of the 21st century.

Maybe you’re not convinced.

Think about taking your kids to the mall to shop. Now, imagine that the mall was filled with tons of stores. Except, most of the stores are pornography stores.

Woah, what?!

That’s right. The internet is flooded with dirty sites, and it is becoming easier and easier for kids to stumble upon these websites. In fact, 66% of kids who have seen porn in the past year first stumbled onto these websites accidentally, according to a study done by researchers at the University of New Hampshire.

Some research indicates that the average age a child is exposed to pornography is eight years old, according to Focus on the Family.

Do you think apps are safer? They’re not. They can be used by either cyber-bullies or child predators. For example, read this article on 5 dangerous apps for kids.

Below I have included multiple sets of instructions for keeping your kids safe, including setting up general parental controls on a smartphone/tablet for each operating system, setting up parental controls for the app store, and several links for setting up parental controls for internet browsers.

Setting up parental controls (aka Restrictions) on an iPhone/iPad:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on General.
  • Tap on Restrictions.
  • Tap on Enable Restrictions.
  • Type in a password you’ll remember for when you need to disable restrictions again. (Make sure to make it completely different from the Lock screen passcode, otherwise the kids will know it!)
  • Under the Allow section, turn Off any apps that you don’t want someone accessing without your permission. (This section is for built-in apps and not third party apps.)
  • Scroll down further to adjust aspects of iOS, such as restricting Game Center usage, to filtering out specific websites, or only allowing certain websites.
Restricting all access to the Apple App Store:

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on General.
  • Tap on Restrictions.
  • Tap on Enable Restrictions.
  • Choose a password that no one else will know and confirm it.
  • Under the Allow section, turn Off the options for iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and Installing Apps.
Setting up parental controls on an Android phone/tablet:

  • Open your apps list and select the Settings icon.
  • Scroll down until you find Users, then tap it.
  • Choose Add user or profile. Select restricted profile.
  • You may be asked to set up a PIN/passcode for your user account. This will only appear if you haven’t already secured your profile, and is necessary in order to stop your children from bypassing parental controls by logging into the phone under your account.
  • Tap on the Settings icon to the right of the new profile and type in a name of your choice. This will allow you to add a name to your new account.
  • You will now see a list of all the apps currently installed on your tablet. Scroll down this list, pressing the on/off switch to the right of the app name to allow or deny access to specific apps or games. When set to on, the app is allowed.
  • The account is ready for your children to use! To access the new profile, lock the phone/tablet. Then, go to unlock it and select your child’s profile. Any apps you turned on in step 6 will be available to them, while the others won’t be accessible unless you switch to a different user account.
Setting up parental controls (Kid’s Corner) on a Windows phone/tablet:

  • Go to your home screen, then slide your finger from right to left to pull up the Start Menu. Scroll down until you find Settings, then tap it to continue to the next step.
  • Scroll down and tap Kid’s Corner in order to access the Kid’s Corner settings page.
  • Read the description of Kid’s Corner, then touch the next button at the bottom of the page. Kid’s corner should now activate, and games, music, videos and apps will appear on your screen. Select which content can be accessed by your child, which will set your parental parameters in place.
  • Tap any sections you want to edit and put a tick next to each app, game, video or song you want to enable. Once finished, press the tick at the bottom of the page to save your choices. Return to the Kid’s Corner settings page.
  • After making your choices, press the next button at the bottom of the page. You will be asked to create a password. Press done to proceed to the last step.
  • Touch Finish to complete the Kid’s Corner setup. You can now launch Kid’s Corner from your lock screen. Simply drag your finger from right to left until the Kid’s Corner image appears, then slide your finger upwards. The content options you ticked in step 4 will be displayed, ready for your child to use!
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If you want to take an extra step and keep track of what exactly your children do on their computer and mobile devices, then I would highly recommend Covenant Eyes.

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