The takeaway: Learn how to set up iPhone parental controls so you can let your kids use your phone without having to worry about them stumbling on inappropriate or explicit content.
If you have young kids at home, chances are they’re clamoring to get their hands on your new iPhone. There’s plenty of kid-friendly content that you want them to be able to check out like educational apps to help them learn, videos to keep them entertained and games to (well, let’s be honest) keep them busy. But, you also want to make sure they’re only able to view content that’s appropriate for their age.
Apple has made some great strides in improving the security of the iPhone to the point where you can now let your child use your phone stress-free… so long as you’ve configured the right parental controls. If you’ve upgraded to iOS 12 (which you definitely should), here’s how you can use your iPhone’s Content & Privacy Restrictions to block or limit specific content on your device.
First, you have to enable restrictions on your iPhone which you can do in the new Screen Time feature. Here’s how:
You are now set up to start restricting anyone without that passcode from accessing specific content on your phone. Before you hand over your phone to your child the next time, check out some helpful restrictions to set up.
When you let your kids use your phone, chances are they’re going to be playing games on mobile apps. To make sure they don’t make any erroneous purchases while gaming (or download other apps without your knowledge), you can use restrictions to prevent in-app purchases.
If you want to make sure your child doesn’t stumble across any inappropriate music, movies or TV shows, you can restrict explicit content from playing on your phone. Some apps also allow you to block content based on certain ratings.
Here’s how to prevent your kids from accessing explicit content:
Here are the settings you can choose depending on the types of content you want to restrict:
If you want to make sure your kids don’t end up on inappropriate sites while surfing the web, you have a few options for restricting certain types of content on Safari. You can either prevent access to adult websites, limit access to specific websites or block access to specific sites.
Here’s how to limit access to web content:
Need help setting up iPhone parental controls? Head to your local AT&T store to and one of our friendly associates would be happy to help.