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How To Set Family Safety Settings on iPhone and iPad

Does your child ever have your phone in their hands? Do you have a family iPad? Does your child have an iPhone or iTouch? If so, you need to read this.

Does your child ever have your phone in their hands? Do you have a family iPad? Does your child have an iPhone or iTouch? If so, you need to read this.

I had often worried about what my children could accidentally (or knowingly) stumble upon when playing on our devices. Often, our kids grab our phones to see a video a friend told them about at school, or to watch something while they are waiting in the car etc.

Here are the quick steps on how to set family safety settings or "restrictions" on the iPhone and iPad:

On iOS7 (and earlier operating systems):

  • Go to --> Settings
  • --> General
  • --> Restrictions
  • --> Enable Restrictions
  • Enter a Restrictions Passcode
  • Re-Enter your Restrictions Passcode
  • Allow Restrictions on the various apps and programs of your choice
  • Scroll down to "Allowed Content"
  • Set your ratings for the appropriate country (in this case United States)
  • Move down the list and set the appropriate restrictions for the other categories (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Books, Apps, Siri, Websites and Password Settings)
  • Review the remaining settings for any changes you'd like to apply (Privacy, Allow Changes, Game Center)
  • You're done!

Here's what my screen looked like when I was finished:

Setting Restrictions on iPhone and iPad

You'll notice that I left my apps at 17+. I would have lost "The Precious Instagram" if I restricted the ages on my apps. I decided that because I'm the one who controls the apps that can be added to my phone that I can self select and curate what's there, thus I've got enough to control to make sure that my kids aren't running into inappropriate apps on our devices.

Additional Restrictions

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You can also limit specific websites from being visited on your devices. Go to:

  • --> Settings
  • --> General
  • --> Restrictions
  • Enter your passcode
  • Scroll down and select "Websites" from the allowed content menu.
  • Adjust your settings appropriately
  • Here's what the Website Restrictions screen looks like:
Setting Website Restrictions on iPhone and iPad

Remember, this is just a piece of your overall strategy for keeping your kids safe on your devices and online. Setting these restrictions gives me a little additional piece of mind that when one of my kids is playing a game on my phone or viewing a video that they won't unsuspectingly stumble onto something their little eyes shouldn't see.

What else do you do with your devices and around your home to promote healthy technology habits?

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