TSD Parent Tech Tips

Supporting Responsible Parenting in the Digital Age

Restricting Apps on iPhones

Your son or daughter has been begging for a cell phone and you finally give in. But did you know that a data plan provides unfiltered access to apps you might want to block? Apple devices allow parents to set up some basic restrictions. You can turn off apps, restrict the ability to install apps, and even set an age restrictions for apps, movies, and music. The first step is to turn on the Restrictions.

Go to Settings > General > Restrictions >select Enable Restrictions. The first time you do this you will be prompted to set a 4 digit passcode. Set a passcode you can remember! Watch the video below for secrets to help you monitor your child's iPhone.

iPhone 5 Tips - Restrictions

Where Can Parents Get Help?

How do I protect my child's privacy? How do I keep my kid safe on the internet? What are the best privacy settings for our home computer? These are questions parents need answers to as we navigate the digital landscape in which our kids are now immersed. Fortunately, CommonSenseMedia.org provides a number of terrific resources for parents who need answers to questions about internet safety and digital responsibility. Check them out for the latest on how to filter your internet content, control apps on a mobile phone or iPad, or even set boundaries for Facebook, Instagram, and social media.

Setting Boundaries: Quick Tips!

It's your network and you are paying the bills. What are some basic rules you can set for responsible technology use at home?

  • No mobile devices in bedrooms. You're just asking for trouble if you do.
  • Establish a technology curfew; otherwise, your teen could be texting or gaming well into the wee hours of the morning.
  • Check age requirements for apps and software. Many apps aren't even permitted to be used by anyone under the age of 13.
  • Charge devices in a safe place
  • Call your internet service provider or cell phone provider and ask for resources explaining how you can block access to certain content or applications in your home
  • No drama. Social media is not for working out problems, arguing, or evaluating relationships. Teach your child when conversations need to be conducted face-to-face.
  • Once you post it (pictures, text), it is out there...FOREVER. Be very cautious about your digital footprint.