Set up Parental Controls for the iPhone or IPad | Setup Jasmine – Part 9

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This is one in a series of 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.

Child Safe YouTube

Parental Controls

Tap on the Parental Controls circle to activate restrictions.  If this is your first time doing so, pick a four digit Passcode for the settings.  Keep this a secret so only you, not your child, can change them.

Jasmine Parental ControlsNow let’s go to the Curated Content area of Parental Controls screen and set up some playlists:

  1. Tap Playlists
  2. Tap Playlist Modifications to turn off this feature.  We want to keep the playlists as is.  We’ll manage them from our YouTube account on our personal computer.
  3. In the Allow access to playlists… section tap each list you don’t want your child to see.  The once remaining, those with red circles, are the ones you are approving.
  4. Tap Parental Controls when you are done.

Now we’ll set up subscriptions:

  1. Tap Subscriptions
  2. Tap Subscription Modifications to turn off this feature.  We want to keep the subscriptions as is.  We’ll manage them from our YouTube account on our personal computer.
  3. In the Allow access to subscriptions… section tap each list you don’t want your child to see.  The once remaining, those with red circles, are the one you are approving.
  4. Tap Parental Controls when you are done.

At this point we set up the lists of approved videos; however, it is still pretty easy to view any video on YouTube as we haven’t limited search or browsing.

To get the most out of Jasmine as a restricted YouTube viewer, go down to the areas section and tap each red circle to turn OFF SearchBrowseFavourites, and My Videos features on the home page.  Doing so, helps us limit viewing to the chosen channels and favorites we’ll select in the next step.

One issue with YouTube videos is that it is easy for your children to veer off from watching a “safe” video to one that isn’t acceptable.  I’ve seen this with Thomas the Tank Engine™ videos, where before I knew it, my children were watching a curse word filled spoof made in poor taste by some teenagers!

To avoid this from happening,  you can limit the amount of video interaction.  I would recommend, especially for small children, to turn off all of these features:  Related Videos (this is how the Thomas spoof crept in), Links to WebsitesCommentsUser ProfilesRating, and Sharing.

We’re now done setting up Jasmine.  Tap Settings and then Done to return to the main screen.

General Use of Jasmine

Once it is set up, Jasmine is really simple to use.  The settings are protected by your pin, and your child has limited access to the app.

There are two ways to view videos:

  • Tap Playlists to view any favorites.
  • Tap Subscriptions to view any approved channels.

Over time, you’ll want to add more content to Jasmine.  Just follow these steps to add more channels:

Go to your computer’s browser, sign into YouTube

  1. Search for and subscribe to more channels.
  2. On your iPhone, open Jasmine
  3. Tap the gear to open your Settings and enter your passcode
  4. Tap on Parental Controls
  5. Within the Curated Content Section tap Subscriptions
  6. In the Allow access to subscriptions… section tap each list you don’t want your child to see.  The once remaining, those with red circles, are the one you are approving.
  7. Tap Parental Controls, Settings, and then Done when you are finished.

You can follow a similar process to add additional playlists.

The nice thing about playlists is that if you add videos to an existing playlist they automatically show up in Jasmine.

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

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