Set up Parental Controls for the iPhone or IPad | Browser Settings – Part 7

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This is one in a series of parental controls blog posts I have put together describing how to setup 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.

McGruff SafeGuard Iphone

SafeGuard Settings

Though you most likely won’t need to change the browser settings, you should understand what settings are available and what they control.   From the main page, tap Bookmarks, then Settings to view them.
SafeGuard Parental Control SettingsThe settings are divided into two sections:  Saved information and Settings.  The items in Saved information pertain to managing information collected as you visit pages:Several of the settings deal with cookies.  You may not know this, but every time you visit a website, the site may save a little piece of information on your phone.  These bits of information are called cookies.  Some cookies are helpful, and are used up return to a web site, to restore settings, such as colors and screen sizes.  In some cases, cookies don’t lend to your user experience, but are more for the benefit of the site owner and other marketers.  They use the cookies to track your visits to their sites.

Clear History – Tap this if you want to remove all the pages you visited from your browser’s list of visited sites.

Clear Cookies – Tap this to remove any cookies stored within your browser.  Cookies are small pieces of data web sites store on your iPhone that are retrieved when you revisit the site.  They are used to track items such as settings and dates and times you last visited a site.

Clear Web Page Cache – Tap to remove any stored pages.  To speed up surfing, your browser will store a local copy of some web pages.  When you revisit a site, rather than downloading the same page, the local copy is displayed.

The items in the Settings sections are used to tweak the overall behavior of the browser:

iPad Pop-up Screens – This feature isn’t available on the iPhone; however, on the iPad it controls how pop-up screens are displayed.

Allow Cookies – Tap to either allow or disable cookies.  You may want to disable cookies to prevent websites from storing data on your iPhone; however, some sites may not work correctly unless you allow cookies.

New Page Links – Tap to either enable or disable this setting.  If New Page Links is enabled, then whenever you tap on a link, a new browser page is created.  This is handy if you need to reference data from multiple webpages at the same time.

Full Screen Mode – To enlarge your browser’s viewing area, enable full screen mode.  You can either do so using the Auto Full Screen mode or Full Screen on Shake mode.  I found these settings somewhat confusing, so I’m happier when I Disable Full Screen mode.

Parental Controls Filtering Options

SafeGuard Parental Controls

When you installed SafeGuard you were asked several questions which influences parental controls and how SafeGuard filters websites.  If you ever need to change those settings you can do so from the Filtering Options page.

To access this page from the main browser screen:

  1. Tap on Bookmarks
  2. Tap Parental Control
  3. Enter your Password and tap Parent Sign-in
  4. Tap Modify Restrictions

In the free version you’re able to change the age groups: Child, Teen, or Adult; however, the Custom and Fully Restricted parental control options aren’t available.  In addition, the Deny A WebSite and Allow A Website parental control settings aren’t available in the free version.

We recommend keeping Allow only Child Safe Search setting to ON, unless you set the age group to Adult.

Once you are done making changes, press the Back button, and then Done, and then Done once more to return to the main browser screen.

While exploring the Filtering Options, you may have noticed the Parent Settings screen.  We aren’t covering those items in this book as many of the parent settings are unavailable in the free version of SafeGuard.  For more information on these features or how to purchase please visit the SafeGuard website.

  • Restrict Websites – Allows you to temporarily turn off restrictions.  This is handy if you and your child want to view some sites together.
  • Learn mode – Enable you to quickly bookmark the sites your child is allowed to visit.
  • Full History – Review which sites your child has visited and deny those you deem inappropriate.
  • Usage Time – See how much time your child spends surfing the web.
  • Search History – Review what search terms you child is entering into Google.
  • Schedule and Limits – Specify allowed time periods to use the browser.  This can be used to disallow use of the browser after bedtime.

Final Remarks

The free version of SafeGuard also includes periodic reports.  You’ll periodically receive emails letting you know how many sites your child tried to visit and whether he tried to access blocked ones.  In addition, you receive an email alerting you to periods of inactivity.  This is handy as it could indicate that your child has circumvented the SafeGuard browser and is no longer using it.

If you like the free version, you may want to consider upgrading. In addition to more options to restrict browsing you can integrate the browser with versions for your home computer.  This gives you with a single resource to monitor activity.

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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 parental controls steps to ensure your child’s iPhone is secure.

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