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01 May 2021

Parental Control on iPhone: Should You Control Your Child's Actions?

Parental control and digital security rules for the smallest users of the network

Olha Litvinova

The urgency of the issue of parental control

At a time when technology is evolving so fast that sometimes we do not have time for it, the issue of parental control becomes relevant. Knowing what your child is interested in will never be superfluous. Of course, you do not need to take such measures as installing a video camera in the nursery and watching every step of your child. The good thing is that in moderation. In addition, your child should trust you and not be afraid to talk about a specific topic. She needs to carefully explain everything she is interested in and never quarrel over the questions she asks. You don't have to turn into Cerberus, which the kid will be afraid of. Smart control is something that modern families sometimes lack.

Digital security on iPhone

First of all, the child must know the rules of digital security of the iPhone. Teach her not to divulge her personal information and always remember to think critically: not everything on the Internet is a reliable source of information. You should also talk about the rules of communication with other people: you do not need to show aggression and conflict with users.

Make a list of safe sites that you will visit from time to time with your child. In this way, you will create a safe space for it, using browser settings to monitor it from time to time. You can also set up a filter that will hide potentially dangerous websites from your child. Not all articles and sites on the web can be filtered out, so it's best to teach your child to consciously avoid such things. In order not to turn the Internet into something very limited and forbidden, come up with some activity related to it. For example, create a family chat in a messenger and give the child the task to send you different pictures: with funny dogs, cats, parrots, etc. So you can make a little interactive in the process of education and digital ethics in the child.

Parental control should also be established so that the child does not find something that may affect his unformed consciousness. A small child may accidentally click where they don't need to and accidentally delete important files, photos, documents, or attachments. Restoring all this good and cleaning the desktop after the baby is another job, so it will be appropriate to understand the parental control function for iPhone and iPad.

What do we mean when we talk about parental control?

  1. you you choose which applications on the device the child can use and which cannot.
  2. Lack of online shopping and limited access to the network with filtered content.
  3. You can monitor your baby's progress in developmental programs and track his actions on the phone or tablet.
  4. Set limits on the amount of time your baby can use the device.

So, parental controls and Apple. Fortunately, the company has taken care of the safety of small users on the Internet in advance, so most of the parental control settings are built into the OS itself. By playing with the settings, you can protect your baby and your device from:

- Unwanted online purchases in iTunes

- Accidental removal of old and installation of new programs

- Filter the content your child consumes by category

Because parental control programs require an access code, make sure that the code is complex enough for the child, but easy for you to remember. Remember: you need to control one family member, not deprive the whole family of access to the device.

How to block purchases in applications on a smartphone?

In the built-in programs for listening to music, reading books, and so on, you can completely block any purchases in the application. There is also an option to simply set a password, in case you want to make a purchase using the device.

Unfortunately, on the iPad and iPhone, you can't switch between accounts specifically for small users, so you have two options. First: the child will own a tablet or phone, and you will monitor its activity. Second: the whole family will use one device and you will explain to the child what programs she can use and what her parents.

App Store and parental controls

The App Store also offers several apps to help expand the capabilities of conscious parental control. They can:

  • View call history on your device
  • find out the geolocation of the child
  • to control what applications the kid installs on the device
  • view statistics of time spent on various websites

We must mention that such applications must be paid for, but you can always test the trial version first, and then, if necessary, switch to the regular one.

The App Store also offers applications whose functionality allows you to view analytics of your child's actions online. In such applications you can find out how much time is spent on social networks, websites, forums, portals and the Internet in general. There are also programs with the function of viewing applications downloaded to the device. If a child downloads something new to their iPhone or iPad, you will immediately receive a notification and you will be able to assess how safe the application is.

For very young users and their parents, such control is useless: it is more suitable for teenagers. Preschool children are offered educational games through which the family will be able to monitor their success. For example, the game of Ukrainian developers "Who is in the mountains?". The application has a pretty good design and you can set a time limit that the child will spend in it. It is good that it not only abruptly stops working and turns off, but with the help of questions on the screen gives the child the opportunity to think for himself why he needs to stop playing.

The game and the characters themselves seem to "fall asleep", which gives the kids to understand that the time for games is exhausted. The App Store also offers more challenging games to develop. For example, Counting Caterpillar and Bubble Puppy: Play and Learn, where games are already divided into levels of difficulty and contain a little more detail. Here you will choose what your little user will use.

We've told you about parental controls for the iPhone, and we hope you'll be wise about your children's safety and keep in mind their privacy.

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