Limiting your child’s phone usage
Most children in today’s world are allowed or even required to use the internet, iPads or tablets for school, homework and in their leisure time. To make sure your child is protected in the online world, it’s probably wise to put some measure of parental controls on the devices your child uses.
How do I put parental controls on my iPhone?
To activate Apple’s built-in parental controls, go into your settings, under general, tap on restrictions. Tap ‘enable restrictions’ and set your restrictions passcode. Unfortunately, with this method, you need the passcode to change or disable restrictions and if you forget it, you will have to completely erase your device to disable the restrictions.
There are other apps that provide great iPhone parental controls and allow you to monitor your child’s internet and app usage, track their movements and block inappropriate apps and websites.
How do you put parental controls on an iPad?
The process for enabling parental controls on an iPad is much the same as an iPhone – Settings, General, Restrictions, Enable Restrictions. Again, you will need to create a passcode. If you’re worried you won’t remember your password, install a different app that won’t require a complete device rewrite if you forget it.
Why do I need parental controls?
Children with uncensored phone and internet access are extremely vulnerable. Online predators, cyberbullying, and accidentally stumbling across inappropriate websites are just some of the concerns. Monitoring and limiting our children’s activities, both online and off, is the best way to protect their developing psyche.
Am I invading their privacy?
Perhaps, but at a young and vulnerable age, privacy may come at the cost of safety. Monitoring young children’s online activities is recommended, but once you feel your child is old enough and has earned your trust, you needn’t monitor everything.
Teens may wish to have a few secrets between themselves and a select friend or two, so you probably don’t need to read all their whatsapps, but it’s still ok to monitor and restrict the websites they browse.
What if their friends show them things I’ve blocked?
There is always a chance that at school or at a friend’s house, your child may be introduced to things you yourself have thus far protected them from. Having an open and honest relationship with your kids will mean they are more likely to tell you if their friends show them anything inappropriate.
Don’t hesitate to mention it to the child’s parents, but try not to be confrontational about it as they will react defensively.
Children at any age know what makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Make sure your kids know to come to you, or another adult they trust if anyone does or says something that makes them upset or uncomfortable, whether it’s a teacher, friend or family member.
If your child is aware that you are monitoring their internet activities, they may feel that you don’t trust them. Make sure they know that the internet can be a dangerous place, and that it’s other people online, who may take advantage of your child, that you don’t trust, not them