Hands up if you have a kid with access to a device! With so much access to everything at their fingertips, it can be hard to know what your kids are seeing and doing. So, if you want a little peace of mind, there are a few things you can do before they start swiping and scrolling away.

Whether your kids have an Android or an Apple device, take a moment to get to know their device so you are better equipped to monitor their activity. Enabling specific restrictions doesn’t limit them from the benefits of their devices, it just allows them to use them more safely (and gives YOU a little peace of mind).

The instructions below are related specifically to Apple devices. For Android (and Apple) users, be sure to scroll to the bottom for additional Cyber-Security related tips.

The first step to setting up your device is to Enable ‘Restrictions’ (Apple users: Go to Settings – General – Restrictions). When you choose to enable ‘Restrictions’, you will create and confirm a password before being able to make any of the changes mentioned below. Make sure to make it unique and occasionally change it to prevent children from disabling restrictions without your knowledge.

There are so many ways to customise Restrictions for kids so we wanted to help get you started with some of the more common options. Once you enable ‘Restrictions’, it might be good to have a look around and explore some of the options you have on your specific device.

Instructions for Apple devices:

YouTube:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Restrictions
  4. Choose the ‘Allowed Content’

Safari:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Restrictions
  4. Choose the ‘Allowed Content’

Turn Off In-App Purchases:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Restrictions
  4. Turn Off ‘In-App’ Purchases

Disallowing Uploading or Deleting of Apps:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Restrictions
  4. Switch off Installing or Deleting Apps – Not Green

Disable Safari Browser:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Restrictions
  4. Switch off Safari- Not Green

Disable SPECIFIC Websites:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Restrictions
  4. Allowed Content
  5. Click ‘Websites’
  6. Choose ‘Specific Websites Only’
  7. Select Allowed Websites

Guided Access:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Accessibility
  4. Guided Access
  5. Turn On (Make it Green)

Make iTunes Safe:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Restrictions
  4. Allowed Content – ‘Music, Podcasts & News’
  5. Turn Off ‘Explicit’ (Make not green)

Other Resources on Cyber Safety:

Cyber Safety:

https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-kids-safety-5-cybersafety-tips-every-parent-should-know.html

Safe Internet:

https://www.safesearchkids.com/cell-phone-safety-tips-for-tweens-and-teens/#.WytBTBIzaMI

YouTube:

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-make-youtube-kids-safer-for-your-children/