Keep your kids safe with the right iPhone parental control settings and by adding Circle to cover all your kids’ devices.
Technology is evolving, and thankfully, parental controls are finally becoming a must on devices like an iPhone and even on apps like YouTube and TikTok. But with more and more parental controls available, it starts to feel a little overwhelming. Settings differ on apps versus web browsers, and every device your kids have access to also needs parental controls. The safest ways to keep kids safe online are to learn about all the parental controls options, and figure out which ones work best for you and apply to the most apps, browsers, and devices. So, if your kids have iPhones, this one’s for you!
Can you block websites on iPhone?
Great news, parents! You can actually password-protect website blocking settings within your kids’ iPhones. Each iPhone software version (iOS 8 - iOS 14) has a slightly different path you can take to set up a website blocker for explicit and inappropriate content, but we’re going to walk you through the basics, starting with blocking explicit content.
Blocking explicit content
This path will lead you to “Content Restrictions” and allows you to blanketly block (most) adult content from reaching your kids through websites while they’re using their iPhones.
- On the iPhone Home screen, tap Settings.
- Tap Screen Time.
- Select Content & Privacy Restrictions.
- Enter a passcode when instructed to do so. It can be any four-digit combination.
- Turn on the Content & Privacy Restrictions toggle switch. You may be prompted to enter your system passcode to continue.
- Tap Content Restrictions.
- Select Web Content.
- Tap Limit Adult Websites.
- Exit the Settings app to save the Screen Time settings.
Or, if you want to take a slightly different approach and restrict ALL sites except for a select few, you can do that too through iPhone settings.
Restricting web browsing to only approved sites
iPhones are pre-loaded with a list of kid-friendly websites, including Apple, Disney, PBS Kids, National Geographic Kids, and others. Here’s the path you can use to find this list: Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions (make sure it’s flipped on) > Content Restrictions > Web Content > Allowed Websites Only. At the very bottom of the list, you’ll see the option to add websites to the list.
Here is where you can add or subtract from this list of approved sites.
How to add sites on this list:
- Scroll to the bottom of the approved websites list and tap Add Website.
- In the Title text box, enter the name of the website.
- In the URL text box, enter the website address.
- Tap Web Content (or Websites) to go back to the previous screen. Repeat for as many sites as you want.
- Exit the settings. The sites you added are automatically saved. Inevitably, your kids will try a website that's not on the approved list. When that happens, they will see a message saying the site is blocked. An automatic Allow Website link will populate so that you can add it to the approved list if they ask and you agree, but they can't add it themselves without the passcode.