If you own an iPhone, chances are your kids, nieces or nephews may want to use the phone, maybe just to play a few games or check out some of the many apps that you may have downloaded. You may have even gifted the young ones an iPhone but be worried that the kids may have access to content you don’t want them to be exposed to. Luckily, you can set certain restrictions on the phone which will prevent them from accessing certain apps as well as any content you may deem inappropriate. In this tutorial, let’s see how to restrict access to iPhone apps and content so that your kids stay safe while using the interactive features of the phone.
How to Restrict Access to iPhone Apps and Content
First of all, you need to enable the restrictions option.
1. On the Home screen, Tap Settings.
2. In the Settings screen, tap General.
3. In the General screen, tap Restrictions and then tap Enable Restrictions.
4. In the Set Passcode screen, enter a password and then re-type the password again. Remember your password at all times, because if you forget it, you will have to restore the software from iTunes, and you don’t want to go through that all over again.
5. Restrict Access. You can do that in the following ways.
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1. Restrict Access to Apps
You can restrict access to apps such as YouTube, Camera, Safari, FaceTime, iTunes, and Ping. You can also prevent the account settings to be modified for your location, mail, calendar, and contacts. Finally, you can disable the option to install fresh apps or remove existing ones. To restrict access to apps, all you need to do is to slide the button for the respective icons.
2. Restrict in-app Purchases
You can restrict your kids from making in-app purchases too. Simply set the option on the Restrctions screen.
3. Restrict Media Content
One of the popular uses of the iPhone is to stream or download and watch movies, music, podcasts, and TV shows. To restrict access to such media content, tap Ratings For, select a country, and based on the ratings system prevalent in that country, set the restriction. For instance, you can set movie streaming option to PG and below by tapping movies and turn off explicit content in music, music videos, and podcasts.
4. Restrict Access to Multi Player Games
You can turn off access to Multiplayer Games. This will ensure that the kids are prevented from making requests for a match, from sending or receiving invitations to play games, or adding friends in the Game Center.
While these precautions can in some way prevent the young ones from exposure to stuff they don’t really need to know, it’s not the only source that needs to be monitored. Family time and bonding will go a long way in building better relationships and keeping the kids off trouble.
What do you say folks? Have you restricted access to your kids iPhone?