How to Block Websites on an iPhone with Circle
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How to Block Websites on an iPhone with Circle

Keep your kids safe with the right iPhone parental control settings and by adding Circle to cover all your kids’ devices.

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!

Blocking Inappropriate Content on Your Kids’ iPhones

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.

Adding Circle Parental Controls to Help Block Websites on an iPhone

The settings we’ve outlined so far seem solid enough, right? In theory, yes. But kids are smart. The iPhone is a very popular device for kids these days, and there’s a lot of info online about how kids get around parental controls. Plus, an iPhone is likely just one of the many devices in your home that will need parental controls enabled. What about their other Internet-connected devices like computers, streaming services, iPads, and gaming systems?

Circle parental controls give you the ability to set up website and app blocking for every family member by setting up a unique, customized profile. That means that every device each family member has access to will be applying the same parental control settings. When you’ve filtered specific websites or apps, they won’t be accessible on any device that’s connected to their profile. Adding this layer of protection onto the iPhone content restriction settings is a great idea.

Each family member profile also requires that you enter their age during setup, which automatically sets content restrictions based on what’s age-appropriate.

Circle Gives You More Than Content FIlters

Website blocking is just one of the many highly-rated features that come with our parental controls. You can track your kids online usage, view their history, set screen time limits around bedtime, and more. One happy customer recently shared this about his experience using Circle parental controls with his kids:

Easy to use! It’s better than a straight filter because it covers many devices and categories. Love how you can make different profiles with varying settings.” - JB

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