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 mobicip.com account setup by the parent.
From the home screen on the device, touch the App Store icon.
Touch the search tab, and search for "mobicip"
Select the Mobicip Safe Browser from the search results.
Touch the FREE button, it will turn into INSTALL. Touch this button and enter your iTunes username and password.
NOTE: If your user has a separate iTunes account, you may download the Safe Browser using that iTunes account. If you are willing to go through the hassle, you may also use the Home Sharing feature. See this article from Apple for steps.
Once downloaded, the app will be installed on your screen.
When installation is done, touch the Mobicip icon to launch the app.
Go through the steps below to create the account and setup the filtering profile.
At this point, you can decide if you wish to upgrade to a Premium subscription. The Premium service allows you to customize your internet filtering (like allow/block categories or websites), setup time limits for internet usage, and monitor the browsing history remotely. If you upgrade, get 10% off using this discount code: MOBICIPFAQ.
In either case, press Done to return to the Login screen. Now you can enter your username / password to enable Mobicip.
You should see the browser open up. Enter a URL to visit any website.
Visit www.mobicip.com from your PC to upgrade to the Mobicip Premium WebMonitor application. Mobicip 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.
General Parental Control Restrictions Setup
From the home screen, select Settings > General.
Enter a 4-digit passcode. Make sure you remember this passcode, in case you need to change these settings.
You will see the restrictions screen. Set Safari, YouTube, and Installing Apps to OFF on this screen.
UPDATE: With iOS 4.2, Apple has added additional features to make the restrictions even more useful. If you have upgraded already, please do so now. iOS 4.2 includes an option to prevent the deletion of apps installed by the parent or administrator.
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.
We believe that these are valuable additions and that there is enough reason to upgrade your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to iOS 4.2.
Scroll down the screen to the Allowed Content area.
Set In-App Purchases to OFF.
Select Music & Podcasts. Set Explicit to OFF.
Select Movies. Select the rating you would like to allow.
Select TV Shows. Select the rating you would like to allow.
Select Apps. Select age-based filtering for apps you would like to allow.
Select Ratings For to change your location if necessary.
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!