Now a days, as soon as a kid passes the toddler stage, he or she needs a smartphone or smart devices mostly to play games and listen to music. You might think I am exaggerating, but I have seen a 13 year old kid showing tantrums to his father to buy him an iPhone so that he can play games and compete with other kids in the block.
Trust me, you can’t say no to them, but at the same time, you are worried that they might stumble upon something that’s not suitable for their age. If you are in a similar dilemma, iPhone Restrictions also known as iPhone Parental Control can help you. Using iPhone restrictions, you can prevent your kids from accessing some specific features on the iPhone, iPad or iPhone touch. So lets see how we can activate and use the feature to make sure that our kids never see something that they are not supposed to see.
Enabling iPhone Restriction
To enable restriction on your device, launch iOS settings from the Springboard and navigate toGeneral settings.
Here, tap on the Restriction option and when the Restriction page opens up, tap on Enable Restrictions to enable the feature. When you enable the feature, iPhone will ask you to provide a new 4 digit pin to set you as an authorized person. Make sure that the PIN you are entering cannot be easily guessed by the kids and enable restrictions on the iPhone. This pass code is separate from the code that’s used to unlock the iPhone.
Configuring iPhone Restrictions
Having done that, you can now control all the aspects of parental control available. The first thing you can do is disable apps like Safari, App Store. This will make sure that your kids don’t surf the unsafe web and use only the apps you want them to. If your iPhone has Siri, turning off explicit language would also be a good option.
Next, you can control the content of music and podcasts along with in app purchase if it’s your credit card that’s linked to the app store. There are many privacy settings related settings you can configure. You can also set volume limit to make sure that kids don’t hear very loud music and damage their ears however I feel that that might be too harsh on kids.
If you want to remove the restriction any day, simply tap the Disable Restriction button at the top and provide the password that you used in the first place.
So that was how you can setup parental control on your iDevice and restrict the activities of your kids. So what do you think about setting up parental control? Do you think, in this fast pace world, kids should be given the right to choose what they want.