Set up Parental Controls for the iPhone or IPad | Introduction – Part 1


This is one in a series of blog posts I have put together describing how to set parental controls for an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch.  If  you find this material helpful, you may want to download the Kindle version of my Book.  It contains even more information to guide you through the steps to ensure your child’s iPhone is secure.

Introduction to iPhone Security

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to security for using today’s phones, nor is there one solution.  Rather, security is typically a collection of solutions which overlap and interlock to provide each user with a comprehensive approach to security according to individual needs.

Parental Controls for the iPhoneMuch as there isn’t much point to locking your front door if the windows are open, there isn’t much point in just setting up one form of restrictions when it can be easily circumvented.  Most security isn’t hard to understand, yet it can take some time to gain a complete understanding of how all the tools work.   For example, you purchase a kid-safe browser from the iTunes store and tell your children to use it, but will they?  Can they circumvent it?  You bet they can, and here is how:  use the Safari browser instead or if the Safari browser is hidden, then download Chrome or another browser.

The point here is that it isn’t hard to understand that there are options on the market for you to use, but it can be tricky to understand which options work best in combination with one another.  The goal of this book is to help you understand these options and which are the most important ones to use.

Throughout this book we will refer to the iPhone™, iPad™ or iPod Touch™ as your iPhone™ or phone.  Keep in mind that all of these solutions apply to these products.  Of course some services such as a cellular data plan or phone service may not be available on all devices, but security risks remain as you can still access the Internet via Wi-Fi.

Types of Security

As we work through protecting your phone for you and your child, there are three areas of security we’ll focus on improving:

  • Physical – Securing and protecting your phone and the personal data included within.
  • Restricting Access to Safe Zones – Remove or modify programs so your children don’t access websites, videos, and apps you don’t approve.
  • Monitoring Access and Behavior – Provide you with a means to be certain your child is practicing safe cell phone usage habits by following your rules.

We’ll cover many aspects of security throughout this guide, which can get overwhelming.  Keep in mind, we are showing all the areas you’ll want to consider to secure your phone and protect your child; however, you may not choose to follow every item.  Perhaps you’re at a point where your child is becoming more responsible, and you feel he is more apt to make better choices.

Generally speaking you would want to incorporate all these suggestions; however, to keep it practical and easy to follow, we’ll denote the most crucial options with an asterisk – *.

Many of the features we’ll turn on are accessed from your phone’s Settings page.  To access the page, just tap this icon:

Locating iPhone Settings

If you’re having a hard time finding the icon, you can search for it.  I find this really handy when I’m working on a friend’s phone.  The search page is the farther page to the left; essentially the first page of your phone.  To reach it, continue to swipe your fingers to the right until the first page is shown.  Once the Search iPhone box is displayed, type Settings, look for the icon, and tap it.  You’ll then launch into the page.


If  you find this material helpful, you may want to download the Kindle version of my Book.  It contains even more information to guide you through the steps to ensure your child’s iPhone is secure.

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