How To Setup Parental Controls On iPhone & iPod Touch

Here is a step-by-step guide to setup parental control restrictions on the iPhone or iPod Touch. For a similar tutorial for the iPad, click here. If you prefer, watch the video tutorial on YouTube instead.

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 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". Select the Mobicip Safe Browser from the search results.

Select Mobicip from search results

Touch the FREE button, it will turn into INSTALL. Touch this button and enter your iTunes username and password. 

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

NOTE: If your user has a separate iTunes account, you may want to download the Safe Browser using that iTunes account.

Once downloaded, the app will be installed on your screen. Touch the Mobicip icon to launch the app.

Create New Account

Follow the prompts to create an account (if required), setup the filtering profile, and optionally upgrade to Premium. When completed, touch Done to return to the Login screen. Now you can enter your username / password to enable Mobicip.

Launch Mobicip app

You should see the browser open up. Enter a URL to visit any website.

Mobicip app setup complete

NOTE: Visit at any time to upgrade to Mobicip Premium (get 10% off using this discount code: MOBICIPFAQ). The Premium upgrade allows you to customize your filtering and monitor usage from the web-based dashboard (using any browser) or the Monitor app (on any iOS device).

General Parental Control Restrictions Setup

From the home screen, select Settings > 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.

Enter restrictions passcode

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

NOTE: Some parents may choose to allow apps to be installed with age restrictions setup, but be aware that there are still issues with the age-based ratings and browsing the App Store itself.

iOS 4.2 deleting apps OFF screenshot

In another much sought after enhancement, Apple has added an option to disallow email accounts from being setup. Whether you have setup a child-friendly email service like Zilladog or Zoobuh, or you simply want to turn off email access, this gives you the ability to lock email accounts and not allow your child to setup an alternate email account. Simply scroll down on the same Restrictions screen to setup this option.

iOS 4.2 Email accounts OFF screenshot

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.

NOTE: If you have multiple devices to setup, see this article.

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! Visit from any computer and login using your account to configure the filtering and monitor the browsing activity. You may find these video tutorials helpful to setup your filtering and to monitor the activity reports.

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