One of the hottest mobile devices on the market – especially with tweens and teens — is the iPhone. Kids everywhere are clamoring for it. If your child has an iPhone or you plan to give them one soon, you’ll be reassured to know the popular mobile device offers a number of parental control features limiting access to potential dangers when the world is at their fingertips.
The release of iOS 7 comes with improved parental control features that will be of interest to responsible parents taking action to appropriately monitor their child’s iPhone. Let’s explore some of the new parental control options and how to complement suggested restrictions with a family safety app like MamaBear.
What Parental Controls are Available on iPhone?
Apple’s support page shows details on how to access the parental control features enabling parents to set restrictions to:
- Prevent access to selected device standard apps such as Safari, FaceTime, the iTunes Store and Siri.
- Prevent access to content including music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, books, apps and more that aren’t age appropriate.
- Adjust the time before a password is required to purchase content or always ask for a password.
- Prevent changes to privacy settings, including location services, contacts, calendars, reminders, photos, and outside app access to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, etc.
- Prevent changes to settings and accounts including Find My Friends, cellular data use, background app refresh and volume limit.
- Restrict features within Game Center, including use of multiplayer games, adding new friends and more.
Using iPhone Parental Restrictions to Complement Family Safety Apps
Parental restrictions on Apple devices are extremely helpful to responsible parents providing their children with arguably today’s most powerful and accessible device to content and people. But don’t rely just on these restrictions. Monitoring is still very important.
An added worry-free layer is a family safety app like MamaBear to proactively receive news about your child’s daily activities. Mamabear uses alerts to notify you about location, social media activity and driving speed. Parents use their MamaBear news to start relevant, daily conversations with their family about safety.
Apple’s mobile devices come with some very useful parental control features that should be used to their greatest potential. When put in use they offer the perfect complement to the safety features offered by family safety apps like MamaBear.
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