Set up Parental Controls for the iPhone or IPad | Setup Safe Browser – Part 6

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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.

Setting up a Child Safe Browser

Now we’ll show you the steps to set up a child safe browser. We’ll cover everything from downloading and installing the app to configuring it so it is suitable to your child’s age.  Finally we tweak some other settings on your phone to ensure the browser is used and not bypassed.

For this example we’ll install the McGruff SafeGuard Browser.  We like this browser for several reasons.  The browser is free to download and install; it comes with many features, such as tracking, that usually only come with a paid app.  In addition, the app is affiliated with the National Crime Prevention Council.

McGruff Iphone

Application Installation

Let’s first find and install the app.   Go to the App Store by tapping on the App Store icon on your phone’s main screen.

SearchForAppIf 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.

Once you have access the App Store, search for McGruff SafeGuard.   Once the entry for the application is shown, tap on it to show the product page.

Tap on the FREE icon to start the download.  After a couple of minutes the download and installation will be complete.  You can start the application by tapping on the SafeGuard icon.

The first time you start the app you’ll be asked to set up a parental account.  Enter an email address and password for your account.

You’ll want to use an email address you regularly read, as you will be receiving daily summaries of your child’s browsing activities at this address.

The password you supply is used to access the browser’s settings.

Tap Next once you have entered your email address and selected a password.

After your account is established it’s time select your child’s age.  This age is used to filter content and ensure your child is only able to see age appropriate material on the web.  Use the slider wheel to scroll to your child’s age.

We recommend you keep the Allow only Child Safe Search setting ON.  Doing so instructs Safeguard to use the Google Child Safe Search engine.  This engine screens for and filters out sites that contain inappropriate content, including images.

Tap Next to proceed to the subsequent step.

At this point the basic set up is complete.  If you haven’t used the SafeGuard browser before, then we recommend you tap Show Intro to learn more about it features and functions.

Now that the app is installed and basic configuration completed, let’s restrict the Safari built-in browser.  Details to do this are outlined in the chapter “Restrict your Phone.”  Essentially you need to start from the phone’s main screen:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General, and then scroll down and tap Restrictions.
  3. Enter your passcode, if restrictions are on or Enable Restrictions if you hadn’t done so already.
  4. Scroll to the Allow Section, locate Safari, and tap on the setting until it is OFF.

General Use of a Child Safe Browser

Child Safe Browser

Now go back to the SafeGuard app, and tap the icon to launch the browser.  You are now using an age appropriate browser.  The browsers behaves like a normal browser except it blocks restricted sites.

At the bottom of the screen are the buttons you normally expect to see within in an iPhone browser.  They are, from left to right: the Back button, the Forward button, the Send button, Bookmarks, and the New Page button.  We’ll mainly focus on the Bookmarks button, as this has some features unique to SafeGuard.  All the other buttons work as you would expect, so you shouldn’t see any surprises there.

The Bookmarks buttons have some unique features. In addition to finding any saved bookmarks you have created for your child, you’ll use this screen to access the browser’s settings and parental controls.

Settings can be used to adjust the general behavior of the SafeGuard browser, such as clearing history or cookies, whereas the Parental Controls are used to control the types of sites your child is allowed to visit.

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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 ensure your child’s iPhone is secure.

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