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How to use parental controls to protect your iPhone

Even while we accept that coding skills are key to some future employment, Apple is under some pressure to improve parental controls to help prevent children from becoming hooked on their phones. Apple already provides some protection parents can use to limit their children’s smartphone use. Here’s what you need to know:

What are Apple’s parental controls?

Apple has similar controls for iPads, iPhones, Macs and the Apple TV. Apple calls these Restrictions, and you can use them to block or limit apps and features that children can access on their device. Among other things, these tools can restrict use of Safari, the camera, Siri, FaceTime, AirDrop, CarPlay and individual apps.

You can also prevent others from deleting apps, making in-app purchases, playing multiplayer games. Privacy settings let you control things like location services, contacts, calendars, reminders and share my location, and you can apply account-related protections.

How to enable Restrictions

You enable these controls in SettingsGeneralRestrictions. Tap Enable Restrictions, and you will be asked to set a Restrictions Password. Be sure to remember this password, as you need it to change your restriction settings or to turn the protection off. If you forget the password, you will have to erase your device and set it up again in order to remove this protection.

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