When it comes to the Internet and all of our connected devices it’s, important to understand the dangers that lay just a few clicks away. A study by Common Sense Media shows that kids ages 5 to 8 spend about 3 hours daily looking at screens. How can we protect our kids from the dangers looming on the Internet?
Before setting up any parental controls, probably the best action you can take is to sit down with your kids and talk about Internet safety. After that, you have some tools to limit what your kids can see.
Let’s start by breaking it down based on device/operating system. This week we’re looking at IOS (Apple).
Aside from third party apps designed to give parents control (a list of the best parental control apps 2018), there are a few ways you can limit your child's access on an iPhone.
Let’s start with restrictions:
Go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions
From here, you’ll enter a password that you will use to turn on and off these restrictions. (Make sure it’s not easy for your kids to guess.) The settings that follow will allow you to choose which apps you will “allow” as well as what content and ratings you will allow for things like movies and TV shows. In the same screen you can find privacy settings - pick and choose which apps you’ll allow location services, Bluetooth, ads, and contacts.
Now, let's go a step further.
You’ve set up restrictions on what you will and won’t allow your kids to see, but what about time limits? Or, what if you only want them to stay in one app?
Go to settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access
Guided access will allow you to keep your iPhone in a single app and set a time limit. Turn on Guided Access by clicking the grey slider bar, then click on passcode settings and set your passcode or enable touch ID. Now, exit settings and go to the app you want to use. Once inside the app, push the home button 3 times to activate guided access. When Guided Access opens, you’ll see an options button on the bottom left of your screen where you can set time limits and other restrictions. To end Guided Access you can either wait for the time to run out or you can push the home button 3 times and click end on the top left of the screen.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog as we continue to discuss parental controls in Windows for your computer.