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18 March 2021

How to set up a new iPhone or iPad for your child: online safety

If you have determined for yourself that your child still needs an iPhone, but you would still like to protect your child from bad things on the Internet, then you need to follow simple tips

Ольга Мунтян

Every parent understands how important it is to protect their minor child from free access to the Internet. Inappropriate content on social media pages can negatively affect a fragile psyche, traumatizing it. Therefore, the logical question is - does a child need a new iPhone? What is the right age for buying Apple technology? Which is better than iPhone or iPad?

If you have determined for yourself that your child still needs an iPhone, but you would still like to protect him from bad things on the Internet, then we recommend reading this article. It does not matter which phone model you please your child: Iphone 6S or Iphone 12. The main thing is that they have up-to-date support from Apple, that is, they have regular updates of the operating system.

In the case when you decide to set up a new iPhone or iPad for a child, more precisely for its safe use, you need to know - no additional provisions are needed. All of the features that will help you put this procedure into action have been successfully provided by the developers at Screen Time.

It is worth explaining that this function exists not only to help in using the iPhone, but also helps to set certain restrictions for children. That is, the developers made sure that parents can control access to adult sites, music with obscene words, etc. Let's talk about this in more detail.

Screen Time on your child's phone

First of all, you need to make sure that this system is turned on. This way you can restrict your child's access to dangerous content. You can also connect the "At rest" clock. In fact, this is something like the Do Not Disturb function, which is designed to mute notifications, which, in turn, will allow the child to pay less attention to the smartphone. However, this function also prohibits the use of many applications after a certain set time. This will allow the child not to sit on the phone until the night and go to bed on time.

It is impossible not to mention the "Application limits" function, as it limits the software in a specific, set by you, period of time. For example, parents can set a limit for visiting social networks - two or three hours a day. It is possible to change the period of the already set time - for this you need to enter a special code, which will protect this function from attempts to change the time. You will have to install it after selecting the "Application Limit" function. There is no need to strain and invent complex passwords with various combinations of upper and lower case letters and numbers. Better to use classic four-digit passwords. Children are unlikely to rack their brains and try to hack it.

Customize function:

  1. Open "Settings" and select "Screen Time";
  2. Click the Enable Screen Time button;
  3. Follow the instructions;
  4. Select the option "This is my child's iPhone"

Limit content privacy

After you have activated the Screen Time feature, you need to go to the restrictions on certain inappropriate content. It is up to you to decide whether your child needs such control or not. It makes no sense to somehow infringe on your child in information, if he can still find it in messenger groups or social networks.

Customize function:

  1. Select "Settings" and click on "Screen Time";
  2. Find the "Content and Privacy" section;
  3. Activate it using the switch;

Limit purchases in the App Store and iTunes

The only safe, virus-free way to install apps on iPhone is through the official App Store. If you are not eager for your children to download all sorts of programs without permission, then this feature can also be turned off. Even though the store moderators are trying to carefully monitor what programs are there, application developers still manage to upload their developments. And there may be that content from which you are trying to protect the child so as not to traumatize his psyche.

Here you can also disable accidental or special uninstallation of programs from your smartphone. It is possible to disable the in-app purchases feature in games and applications.

Customize function:

  1. Open "Settings" and go to "Screen Time";
  2. Find the item "Content and privacy";
  3. In the item "Purchases in the App Store / iTunes", you must specify the required parameters

Prohibiting the use of built-in applications

The iPhone developers have provided the ability to control the use of many of the standard built-in programs. Now the child will not be able to open the Safari browser, listen to podcasts in the application, or take pictures with the "Camera". Podcasts, for the most part, have adult topics of conversation that can harm a child.

Customize function:

  1. Open "Settings" and go to "Screen Time";
  2. Select the item "Content and privacy";
  3. Find the item "Allowed applications" and select the required

Restrict access to non-normative information

Now parents can choose for themselves: to restrict the application completely, or in addition to restrict the content that is in these programs. We are talking about podcasts, movies, books, music, etc., where there may be obscene language. For example, Apple Music can mute audio tracks with obscenities.

Customize function:

  1. Open "Settings" and select "Screen Time";
  2. Clause "Content and Privacy", hereinafter "Content Restriction";
  3. Select the required items for "Allowed Store Content"

Blocking unwanted sites on the network

You will be able to protect your child from inappropriate content on sites in the browser. This will only work if you completely remove other browser programs and limit their installation in the App Store. You can find and connect the built-in filter of sites 18+. There is also a "white list" of sites that are allowed to visit - you need to drive them into the program yourself. That is, in order for the child to visit only specific pages and sites, you need to add them to this menu. This will not completely prevent children from visiting all 18+ branded sites, but it will reduce the risk.

Customize function:

  1. Open "Settings" and select "Screen Time";
  2. Clause "Content and Privacy", hereinafter "Content Restriction";
  3. Select the one you need in the "Web content" section

Siri and unwanted results - how to hide

Another unconventional source of inappropriate content that is very often forgotten is the Siri voice assistant. When requested, the assistant will find on the network any information of interest, which is not always censorship and with safe content.

Customize function:

  1. Open "Settings" and select "Screen Time";
  2. Clause "Content and Privacy", hereinafter "Content Restriction";
  3. Select the one you need in the "Siri" section

Game Center service control

Game Center is a blended communication tool that works with most smartphone games. With its help, the child can add friends for communication and joint competitions. Sounds pretty interesting, and here's a great opportunity to socialize a child. However, in most cases, the community in this program is toxic and angry, which can injure the child, give complexes or bring to tears.

But, most games refuse this service, preferring their own internal methods of communication between players. And in such cases, systems in games simply do not depend on the restrictions and controls of Screen Time. This can only be tracked directly within this or that application.

Customize function:

  1. Open "Settings" and select "Screen Time";
  2. Clause "Content and Privacy", hereinafter "Content Restriction";
  3. Select the one you need in the "Game Center" section

Prevent changing privacy settings

The functions in this section exist to help limit any attempts to change the access settings of previously installed programs in addition to the standard capabilities of the same microphone, geolocation, etc.

Many applications request access to recognize your location. However, this will only function if tracking permission is granted through Settings - Privacy - Geolocation Services. "Screen time" can again save the day, or rather, limit the ability to change anything in the settings. Thus, the child will not be able to resolve what is not needed.

Customize function:

  1. Open "Settings" and select "Screen Time";
  2. Item "Content and Privacy";
  3. Click permission to change settings in the "Privacy"

Disable changing advanced settings

An important function of this section is the ability to change the "Passcode" to gain access to the iPhone. There is a lot of information on the Internet about how children can set a new password and forget it. After this, it is possible to access the iPhone only after a full reset, which will lead to the loss of all data.

Customize function:

  1. Open "Settings" and select "Screen Time";
  2. Item "Content and Privacy";
  3. Click the permission to change the settings in the item "Allow changes"

Restriction for communication

Healthy communication with peers is one of the important moments in the life of children. That is why many parents are puzzled by the control, with whom does their child communicate? You can assign a restriction to Phone, Messages, etc.

So, the child will not abuse long conversations with comrades, and the lessons will be completed on time. In addition, now there are quite a few scammers operating on the Internet who use messages and calls in order to obtain illegal benefits. There are cybercriminals who use ordinary calls to a smartphone to cheat on money. Or, if you call back to an unfamiliar number that called earlier, then the entire amount will be lost from the account.

Customize function:

  1. Go to "Settings" and go to "Screen Time";
  2. Find the "Restriction of communication" and choose with whom the child will be able to communicate, despite the enabled function of the "Rest" mode

Applications without limits

All the same "Screen Time" will help you choose programs that your child will be able to use even in "at rest" mode, etc. This can be Phone, Messages, etc., which will allow the child to communicate freely with parents and relatives.

Customize function:

  1. "Settings", select "Screen time";
  2. Select the item "Always allowed" and select those programs that can be used without restrictions

Setting up Family Sharing

There is no need to create illusions and hope that you can fully protect your child from inappropriate content on the Internet. Gradually, the child will find various dangers and traumatic news. However, all the points in this article will help reduce the likelihood that your miracle will see prohibited materials, get into trouble, etc.

You can also independently connect your relatives and children to the "Family Sharing". Thus, everyone will have access to purchased programs, music, film library, etc. Of course, this will not make the child's iPhone a safe place, but this way you can save on purchases and connect the movement control function through the Latitude program.

Customize function:

  1. Go to the "Settings" section and find "Apple ID";
  2. Find Family Sharing and activate it using all the settings provided

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