Protecting both yourself and children on all your home devices is essential. In this article we will go over some steps that you can perform to enable parental controls on your Apple (iOS/iPadOS) devices. We also highly recommend that parents guide and teach their children on how to use technology safely. We have various articles with resources on our website which can help you with this: https://www.safesurfer.co.nz/blog/

The Parenting Place also have various helpful resources on their website: https://www.theparentingplace.com/

Any kind of parental controls should not be considered a replacement for appropriate visual monitoring of devices used by your children. Devices should always be used in open areas and kept out of bedrooms.

Built-In Controls

Apple now has built-in screen and content settings on their devices to help you control what your children can see and do online, including how much screen time they can have.

A keyword filter can be enabled, and you can prevent family members from deleting their Safari or private browsing history so you can keep an eye on what they’re up to. These content settings work across other in-app browsers such as Instagram, Pinterest and Google Docs to help filter out adult content.

You will be asked to set a pin so changes cannot be made to these settings. Note this pin down somewhere safe, as it is not easy to recover an iOS restrictions pin if it is forgotten.

If you have iOS 12 or higher, you can activate protection functionality by navigating to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Content Restrictions > Web Content > Limit Adult Websites. If you have iOS 11 or lower, you can activate protection functionality by navigating to Settings > General > Restrictions





To control what apps your child can install or delete, navigate to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > iTunes and App Store Purchases. Choose Allow or Don’t allow for installing apps, deleting apps and making in-app purchases.

Selecting Don’t allow will prevent your child from both installing apps or deleting apps such as Safe Surfer without your knowledge.





Set an iOS restrictions 4-6 digit passcode so the built-in filter settings cannot be changed.

Screen Time Restrictions



The Screen Time function found in the Settings app allows you to keep track of exactly how much time your family has spent using individual devices. It also allows you to limit time on certain apps.

Ensure that you set up an Apple Family Sharing account and Child Accounts. Otherwise, Screen Time will not be enforced and can be snoozed.



You can find daily and weekly reports and see precisely what’s happening on each device. You can also schedule downtime at certain hours of the day so only phone calls and apps you choose to allow will be available. Daily time limits for different app categories can also be set.

Configure your home network with Safe Surfer

There are two ways you can filter Internet with us on your home network: purchasing a Safe Surfer Wi-Fi Lifeguard router or configuring your main home router to use Safe Surfer DNS services.

Safe Surfer Wi-Fi Lifeguard router

Wi-Fi Lifeguard is the best way to protect your home network. Wi-Fi Lifeguard features the ability to have full control over how devices use the Internet on your home network. You can find out more about Wi-Fi Lifeguard here: https://shop.safesurfer.io/products/internet-lifeguard

Reconfigure Your Router

Alternatively, you can configure the DNS settings of your main home router to easily block access to a wide range of harmful websites. Any devices using Internet provided by your main home router will have forced filtering.

We have a guide on how you can configure your main home router here: http://www.safesurfer.co.nz/generic-router/
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