It becomes extremely difficult for you to restrict your child from using your iPhone or iPad considering the craze of games and gadget among today’s children. The apps, games and other media features in your iPhone make the device quite fascinating for the kids. But is your kid mature enough to use the device rightly? Of course not!
There are many cases where children have spent dollars for in-app purchases without the knowledge of their parents. Also, there can be many stuff or apps in your iPhone or iPad that are for your personal use and you don’t want your kids to have access to those. In such a condition setting parental control on your device is extremely important.
Listed below are some of the very useful tips to lock your iPhone or iPad for kids, so that they have access to only those things which are justified to their age.
Set up a Pass Code
The first and foremost important tip is to make your device pass code protected. This will restrict your kids from turning on your device without your notice. It is a common scene in every house that when adults get busy doing other household stuffs children start using the phones of adults without their consent.
So, if you want to prevent your kids from using the phone, then the best way is to lock it up with a pass code that is known to you only. In such a condition, whenever your kid will be in a mood to use your phone, he/she have to get it unlocked by you only.
But, using a pass code is just the first-line defense and it doesn’t put any check on errant purchases. It is just a way through which you will always get to know when your kids or someone else is using your phone, because you only have to unlock the phone using the pass code.
To set a pass code, go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock. Keep the simple Pass Code option off. A simple pass code is just a four-digit number. Modern day tech savvy kids can quickly judge and learn those four digits by carefully analyzing your tapping movements. So you are advised to use a long alphanumeric code that is difficult to analyze or guess.
Enable Parental Controls
If you give the unlocked iPhone or iPad to your children, you can’t be omnipresent to check what your kid is up to with the device. He may do some in-app purchases or use the Internet to visit sites not meant for him. For such situations, iPhone and iPads offer you the provision to set parental controls. If you are living with kids, then it is highly recommended that you configure parental control in your device.
To set parental restrictions go to “Settings > General > Restrictions.” Next, tap on "Enable Restrictions" and feed a four-digit password. Use a strong password that your child won't be able to guess. In the Restriction screen, towards the upper side, you can get the list of the apps that are active on your device. In this screen, you can turn off those apps that you want to keep hidden from your children. Don’t worry! This setting will not turn off the apps in reality rather it will simply restrict the apps from being visible on the Home Screen.
There is provision to enable further filtrations as well. Suppose, you have allowed apps like YouTube or Podcasts for your child’s access, but you won’t prefer if your kid uses the YouTube for accessing explicit or violent content. To avoid this you can restrict your kid’s access to explicit content of the “Allowed Apps” by setting the ratings regarding the age-appropriate level.
Turn off the In-App Purchases slider
If you want to block all in-app purchases, then you should turn off the In-App Purchases slider. If you decide to keep it on then make it password protected. Whenever someone tries to do In-App purchase, it is mandatory to feed the password. By default, the password feeding time is fixed to 15 minutes post the purchase. To restrict your kids from doing the purchase, change the "Require Password" setting to "Immediately." After this setting, your child will not be able to make any purchase without feeding the password on an immediate basis.
Restrict Wi-Fi Usage
If you want to restrict your child’s Wi-Fi usage, then use Wi-Fi access timers available on your AirPort wireless router. This will block your child's online consumption.
If you adopt the aforementioned tips, then you can handover your iPhone or iPad to your kids without bothering much. However, you need to keep a personal check to a certain extent to control their Internet usage habits. But the aforementioned settings can best control in-app purchase and access to explicit content.