Ipod Touch Parental Control

How to Setup Parental Controls on an iPad by AppleToolbox.com

Apple Toolbox recently shared an article explaining how to setup parental controls on an iPad, go to AppleToolbox.com to view. They share third party solutions and state: "You may want a secure and safe web browsing for your family. Ther are various apps for this.  The most famous one is Mobicip, which is available at the app store for $4.99." 

Mobicip for the iPad

Web Filter Article Rec: Child proofing your Internet-enabled gadgets

Thank you Maggie Reardon from CNET for answering Paula's question! Concerned parent, Paula wrote Maggie:

web filter ipod touch 

Subject: Putting the iPod Touch on lock-down
Dear Maggie,
My 10-year-old daughter wants an iPod Touch for Christmas. I'm sure it's because all of her friends have one and are playing games and other apps on it. But I am nervous about getting her one. I trust her, but I do not think she needs all of the technologies that come on an iPod Touch. I really do not want the outside world getting in touch with her! Is there some type of other technology or device I can get her so she can play apps and at the same time not have a Skype phone, camera, video, GPS, etc.? I feel so old school, but I do not think a 10-year-old needs to be texting, etc!!! All and any advice would really be helpful!
Thanks,
Paula

Maggie responded and posted "Child proofing your Internet-enabled gadgets."

In the article, Maggie shares: "More and more parents are giving their kids tablets, game consoles, laptops, and other Internet-connected devices as special holiday gifts. But how do you keep Junior safe as he's downloading apps, playing games online and exploring the World Wide Web?"

"Luckily, there are several apps that can help you monitor your daughter's browsing and usage on her iPod Touch, if you ever feel like you want to allow her a bit more freedom. Mobicip Safe Browser is a popular Web filter. It can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99 and it's used instead of the Safari browser on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It's basically a browser that filters Web content to ensure it's safe for your daughter. iRover Surf Safe is another app that offers similar functionality. And there are many more."

Thank you again Maggie for mentioning Mobicip as a web filter solution. You can read Maggie's complete article here.

CNET News: Mobicip Safe Browser is One of the Five Must-Have iPhone Apps for Parents

Rick Broida, a technology writer for nearly 20 years, has written another article about Mobicip Kids-Safe Browser on CNET blog. Mobicip safe browser is one of the five must-have iPhone apps for parents. Thank you Rick! Here is a link to the original article: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-10471386-233.html

Here is the article:

You know what they say about parenting: It's the hardest job you'll ever love. Of course, you might love it a little more if it weren't so flippin' hard all the time. So let's hear it for all the iPhone apps designed to make parents' lives a little easier.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of such apps in the Store, but I've rounded up five that I consider essential--starting with one that can make injuries and illnesses a little less scary (for you, anyway):

1. Kid Care Your toddler is running a fever of 103. Should you call your pediatrician? Head for the hospital? Wait it out? Kid Care offers medical advice for dozens of common symptoms--everything from bee stings to headaches to wheezing. Based on proven clinical protocols, the app provides symptom definitions and images, care advice, medicine dosage information, and helpful reading material such as "Fever--Myth Vs. Facts." There's also a handy dial-your-doctor button and a location-aware emergency-services finder. My only wish is that I'd had this incredible app at my fingertips when my kids were younger. Amazingly, it's free.

2. Tales2Go A new favorite in our house--make that our car--Tales2Go streams on-demand audiobooks for kids. The collection now exceeds 1,000 titles, including such well-known series as "American Girl," "The Boxcar Children," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," and "Junie B. Jones." The app is free, as is a 30-day trial of the service. After that, you pay $24.99 for a year of unlimited listening. As someone who's spent that much on a single audiobook CD, I consider that the bargain of the century.

3. Dr. Seuss e-books (and others) Nothing beats reading to your kids, but that's a little tricky when you're behind the wheel. Or don't have a book on hand. For those and other times, I can't recommend Oceanhouse Media's Dr. Seuss e-books highly enough. Priced at $2.99 each, "Dr. Seuss's ABC," "The Cat in the Hat," and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" are animated, narrated, and wonderful. I consider these "best of breed," though you may also want to check out Paco Bongo ($1.99), Sesame Street: The Playground ($1.99), and the new movie tie-in title, How to Train Your Dragon (99 cents)--to name just a few.

4. Mobicip Safe Browser Are your kids old enough to use Safari? If so, they may accidentally (or, let's face it, purposefully) land on some of the Web's seedier sites. Mobicip Safe Browser ($4.99) blocks inappropriate URLs and search results, and lets you implement filters based on your kids' age levels. It's a smart, effective replacement for Safari, one I highly recommend.

5. iRewardChart Good behavior should be its own reward--but that's a hard concept for kids to grasp, and even harder for parents to enforce. iRewardChart adds incentive, allowing you to award stars for various behaviors (sharing, picking up toys, not interrupting, etc.). Eventually, the kids get to redeem their stars for a reward (a new book, an hour of TV, etc.). You can customize everything: tasks, rewards, stars required per reward, and so on. The app even lets you tweet your child's accomplishments. $4.99 may seem a little steep, but if iRewardChart encourages and ultimately achieves better behavior, well, it's a small price to pay.

Fellow parents, now it's your turn: What child-rearing apps have you found indispensable? Hit the comments and list your favorites.

10 Things to Consider Before Giving an iPhone to Your Kids

Mobicip was featured in this article on the Huffington Post. Excerpts below.

To read the full article, follow this link.

Here are 10 things parents need to consider before handing an iPhone or iPod Touch to a pre-teen or teen.

1. Protect the Device From Accidents

For all the convenience of a pocket handheld device, the iPod Touch can be broken relatively easily, and the glossy touchscreen can get dirty and scratched quickly. To be on the safe side, buy a hard case with a touch-sensitive screen protector, and a stand. If you have a pool in your backyard, you may want to consider a waterproof case.

2. Discuss Rules

Discuss the ground rules. Where and when can they use it, and what can they use it for. No running around with the device in one hand in the park, that they should be seated while using it, and no browsing late into the night, for instance. In addition, discuss this article with him/her, and explain why you are setting up restrictions. Our recommendation is that you baseline what you agree on, and use it to setup the controls described below.

3. Setup the iTunes Account

The iPhone and iPod Touch can be tied to specific iTunes account on your computer. Setup the account yourself, even if it has your child's username, so that you have control over the iTunes settings on the computer. For instance, you can setup a credit card for purchases from the iTunes Store so that you have fine-grained control over what can be purchased, and also to ensure you are notified upon a purchase.

4. Create a Device Passcode

It is conceivable that you or your child will personalize the iPod Touch with access to your personal email and other social networking apps like Facebook etc. If the device is lost or stolen and ends up in the wrong hands, these accounts can be misused or compromised. For safety, setup a passcode to access the iPod Touch itself, and share this passcode with your child. You can setup a 4-digit passcode by selecting Settings > General > Passcode.

5. Setup Internet Filtering & Web Parental Controls

Decide if you want to allow unfettered access to the Internet. The iPhone and iPod Touch are powerful browsing devices and can be used to access any website that can be accessed from a regular browser on your computer. This is a big departure from the previous generation of cell phones and handheld devices that had limited access to websites that had a customized mobile interface.

Thankfully. Apple has built excellent parental control restrictions for the iPhone and iPod Touch in the latest version of the OS (iPhone OS 3.x and later). As part of these restrictions, you can block access to the Safari Mobile browser and enable a safe browser such as the one offered by Mobicip.com as the default browser for your child. You can setup restrictions by selecting Settings > General > Restrictions and using a 4-digit restrictions passcode. Enable restrictions using a 4-digit restrictions passcode (not to be confused with the device passcode), and DO NOT share this passcode with your child. Do not forget it either, for you will have to jump through hoops to reset it.

The Mobicip Safe Browser offers a safe, secure and protected environment for your tween or teen or learn responsible and safe browsing. To customize the settings and monitor Internet activity through the browser, you can purchase a Mobicip.com Premium subscription.

6. Allow or Disable YouTube?

Depending on the age of your child, you may or may not want to allow access to the built-in YouTube app on the iPhone. While YouTube does a reasonably good job of keeping hardcore content out, kinky stuff does get in and they are fairly easy to come across as part of regular usage. Select Settings > General > Restrictions > YouTube > OFF.

7. Allow or Disable iTunes?

Decide if you want to allow access to iTunes. Not to be confused with iTunes on the computer, iTunes on the device allows the user to access and purchase content directly without going through the computer. You can disable access to iTunes completely by selecting Settings > General > Restrictions > iTunes > OFF.

8. Allow or Disable Third-Party Apps?

Decide if you want to allow your child to install and/or purchase apps from the App Store. You can choose to restrict apps by default, and only allow a purchase with your permission. i.e. when you enter the password. You can do this after you purchase all the apps your child wants, then have him/her come to you when they need an additional app. To disable the installation of third-party apps from the App Store, simply select Settings > General > Restrictions > Installing Apps > OFF.

9. Setup Age-appropriate Filtering for iTunes Content

If you choose to allow temporary or permanent access to iTunes, make sure that you setup age-based restrictions for the content. Select Settings > General > Restrictions > Allowed Content

In App Purchases > OFF

Ratings For > United States

Music & Podcasts > Explicit > OFF

Movies > G

TV Shows > G

10. Setup Age-appropriate Filtering for Apps

If you choose to allow temporary or permanent access to the App Store, make sure that you setup age-based restrictions for the App Store content. Select Settings > General > Restrictions > Allowed Content

In App Purchases > OFF

Apps > 4+

How to Setup Parental Controls on iPhone & iPod Touch (OS 3.0 Edition)

Here is a step-by-step guide to setup parental control restrictions on the iPhone or iPod Touch with OS 3.0. Though this page is long, the steps are generally intuitive and easy to follow. This article was also published as part of a popular Google Knol collection

General Parental Control Restrictions Setup

  • From the home screen, touch the Settings icon, and select General.

Select Settings > General

  • Select Restrictions

Select General > Restrictions

  • Enter a 4-digit passcode. Make sure you remember this passcode, in case you need to change these settings later on.

Enter restrictions passcode

  • You will see the restrictions screen. Set Safari, YouTube, and Installing Apps to OFF on this screen.

Restrictions screen

  • Scroll down the screen to the Allowed Content area.

Allowed Content Restrictions

  • Set In-App Purchases to OFF.

Turn In-App Purchases to OFF

  • Select Music & Podcasts. Set Explicit to OFF.

Block explicit content

  • Select Movies. Select the rating you would like to allow.

Select G rated movies

  • Select TV Shows. Select the rating you would like to allow.

Select TV ratings

  • Select Apps. Select age-based filtering for apps you would like to allow.

Select App Ratings

  • Select Ratings For to change your location if necessary.

Ratings for location

  • Hit the Home button to return the home screen.

 

Mobicip Safe Browser Setup

Mobicip™ offers a best-selling alternate browser for Safari that enables parental controls on your child's iPhone or iPod Touch. It is simple to setup and works anytime anywhere! The Mobicip Safe Browser is protected by a mobicip.com account setup by the parent. 

  • From the home screen on the device, touch the App Store icon.

Select App Store icon

  • Touch the search tab, and search for "mobicip"

 

Search for Mobicip

  • Select the Mobicip Safe Browser from the search results.

Select Mobicip from search results

  • Touch the price button, it will turn into BUY NOW. Touch this button and enter your iTunes username and password.

NOTE: Please make sure you purchase the app from the iTunes account that will be synced with the device. Your child may have a separate iTunes account to which the device is synced. Please purchase through that account instead of yours. If you have already purchased the app from your account, call iTunes Customer Support and they can cancel and refund the purchase.

Touch the price button. It will turn into BUY NOW. Touch it again.

  • One purchased, the app will be installed on your screen.

 

Mobicip being installed.

  • When installation is done, touch the Mobicip icon to launch the app.

Launch Mobicip app

  • If you don't have a Mobicip.com account already, touch the Create New Account button.

 

Create New Account

  • Once the account is created, login into the app. You should see the browser open up like this.

Mobicip app setup complete

  • Visit www.mobicip.com from your PC to upgrade to the Mobicip.com Premium web application. Mobicip.com Premium is a web-based parental control application that can be accessed from any browser. The Premium application allows you to setup custom Internet filtering settings and policy, and monitor Internet usage on the iPhone and iPod Touch that uses Mobicip as the primary browser.
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That is it! You can be rest assured that your child will have a safe and secure Internet enabled device that he/she can use anytime anywhere!