Many parents feel like giving their kids a phone is like opening up Pandora’s box; I know I did. But after researching, I was surprised to learn how much functionality you can actually turn off.
- Set up Restrictions–this is one of Apple’s most important parental controls. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions.
- Create a Passcode that is different from your device passcode and one that your child will never guess. Make sure to store it in a safe place so–if you forget it, accessing restrictions will require intervention from Apple.
- Decide which apps you want to allow. Once these are turned off, they will be locked under Restrictions, so only you can make changes.
- Make sure AirDrop is turned off. It’s basically a file sharing features, so it’s best if it’s turned off so as to avoid a stranger sending your child unwanted information.
- Turn off Apple’s News (recommended for younger children).
- You can delete Mail by holding down the app until it giggles and selecting the “x.”
- If your child has an iPad without a cellular/data plan, then you can turn off texting. Go to Settings > Messages > toggle off iMessage > toggle off.
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely turn off texting on devices with cellular service, so Apple, clearly this is an area where we need your help.