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How to Make Your iOS Devices Child-Friendly and Safe

There’s nothing we can do about the fact that today’s kids have gone digital. What we can do, though, is assure their digital security. Fortunately, there are several methods to make your iOS device safer for your children.

It only takes a few minutes of your time to set things up so that your children may have a safe digital place while yet having some online freedom.

If this is your first time, you will be asked if the device is for you or for your child as soon as you select the “Screen Time” option. Then just follow the wizard’s instructions as indicated in the image above. However, if you want to go back over the settings you made (or if you bypassed the wizard), follow the steps below:

1. Disable app installation and uninstallation, as well as in-app purchases.

I recently noticed in the news a few days ago that some parents were being charged $16,000 because their son continued buying in-game things on his phone. Isn’t it terrifying? This, however, is a simple matter to prevent. You can also hide apps on iphone.

Simply follow the following steps:

  1. Go to the Settings menu and choose Screen Time.
  2. Content & Privacy Restrictions is most likely disabled by default. Enable this option.
  3. For iTunes & App Store Purchases, select the first option.
  4. Choose Don’t Allow under In-app Purchases.
  5. While you’re at it, make the password required every time an app is installed or uninstalled for more security.

It’s that simple. You won’t have to stress about a $16,000 charge on your credit card statement again.

2. Set a timer for app downtime to keep app usage to a minimum

Many parents set limits on their children’s screen usage, but it’s typically just a verbal agreement that the parents forget about. As a result, the two-hour screen time becomes three, four, or five hours. There are also others who are stealthy and use their devices well after night.

However, you can set your iOS device to simply cease operating during certain hours or after the daily limit has been met.

To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Settings menu and choose Screen Time.
  2. You’ll notice five distinct options here for securing your child’s device: Downtime – You may define a timetable for when you can use the applications on the Allowed list. App Limits – set a time limit for each app, either by application or per category, and specify how many minutes or hours each can be used. Set a schedule and determine who may be contacted, FaceTimed, or messaged – Everyone, Contacts Only, or Contacts & Groups with at Least One Contact are all options. Always Allowed – giving a blanket approval for select programmes while imposing limits might be useful, especially in an emergency. Messages and FaceTime, for example, as well as Maps. Restriction of Content and Privacy – this allows you to limit all forms of content that is deemed unsuitable.

3.Accessible content should be limited.

You can limit or restrict content that your child has access to on your iOS device, such as adult websites, explicit music, books, and applications.

  1. Go to your iOS device’s Settings.
  2. Select Content Restrictions from the Screen Time menu.

You’ll find a variety of options for filtering stuff that you don’t want your kid to see.

4. Disable Device Settings and Features Changes

One thing you definitely don’t want to happen is for your child to change the settings on their smartphone, particularly for privacy, password, and the like, as this would allow them to circumvent the limits you’ve established above.

  1. Go to Settings and choose Screen Time.
  2. Scroll down to Allow Changes within Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Allow or deny passcode changes, account-level modifications, and so forth. This is perhaps one of the most crucial settings to make, because allowing passcode changes is like to locking a door with a fragile nail.

By the way, here’s what it’ll look like when the daily time restriction expires or the planned downtime arrives:

You may configure the passcode to be required each time the time limit or downtime occurs, preventing your child from circumventing the limitation without inputting the passcode.

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