In the last couple of years, it has become a lot easier to set up Parental Controls on your child’s iPhone or iPad. As a parent, you can apply a lot of different restrictions on your child’s device inside the Screen Time section inside of Settings. You can do this by first designating a device as “This is my child’s device” and then restrict what apps can be used or installed, prevent explicit content, restrict game center and much more.

So the first step is to set yourself up as a parent in the Screen Time section. If your child has already been using the phone or iPad, you would simply turn off Screen Time and then turn back it on. When you turn it back on, you’ll now have a choice where you can pick the “This is my child’s device” option, and at this point you can create a password for yourself so that the child cannot override your choices.

Once you’ve done this, you can now choose a from a variety of options.

  • Downtime: here you can choose a time range during which your child’s device becomes more limited. For example from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
  • App limits: Here you can set time limits for various apps. So for example, you could set a time limit per day for games or social media. Or both.
  • Prevent iTunes & App Store purchases: With this option you can block your child from downloading and installing Apps on the device. Or you could simply block In-app Purchases, which is where a lot of big surprise bills have occurred.
  • Allow built-in apps and Features: With this option, you can hide certain Apple apps from the Home Screen. So, you might choose to restrict the Mail app, FaceTime, or the Wallet app from even showing up on your child’s device.
  • Prevent explicit content and content ratings: This is useful for blocking music or podcasts with explicit lyrics, movies with adult content and so on.
  • Prevent web content: Here you have the option to limit websites with Adult content, or you could choose the Allowed Websites Only option to choose just a few websites that your child can access, such as a school or educational website.
  • Restrict Game Center: This allows you to prevent a number of features that would otherwise be available inside of video games on the iPhone and iPad. Such as playing in multiplayer games, playing with nearby players, and much more.

As you can probably see, there is a ton of options available to you inside of Parental Controls. You can essentially turn the device into something that has little more than the phone features, or you can block just a couple of the things that the iPhone and iPad are capable of. It is completely up to you.

Check out this Apple support page to gain a fuller understanding of what Parental Controls lets you do:

And you can always call me if you still need help.