Internet Filter for iPhone: Parents’ Guide

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As parents of a generation born it seems, with cell phones in their hands we find ourselves with a unique challenge. While there are plenty of upsides to modern gadgets they come with concealed dangers as well. Teens (along with the rest of us) now have practically unlimited access to the Internet and naturally we worry about the sort of content they discover online. So internet security has become as important as any other type of protection we feel the need to provide in our role as caring parents.

Despite this, a large majority of parents across the world either monitor their children’s Internet activity by checking manually on what web pages are visited or don’t place any sort of protection at all. Perhaps that’s in part because they don’t realise that there are technical solutions like internet filters or parental control software. Perhaps they feel that such tools are overly intrusive of their child’s privacy.

Let’s take a look at some statistics.

  • Nearly 70% of preteens confess to hiding their online activities from their parents
  • 33% of parents reported they have difficulties with keeping track of their children’s Internet usage on a smartphone
  • 53% of parents apply some kind of parental control to manage their child’s Internet use.

The most effective way to filter out undesirable content is to use an internet filtering software. But where to start?

How to set up an internet filter on iPhone using the native Restrictions

Having an iPhone is the dream of many young people today. But if you’ve decided to buy this device for your teen, you should keep internet security in mind. Apple has settings allowing you to block adult-themed content for Safari. You can find these Settings in device Restrictions where you’ll be able to limit adult sites, social media or other inappropriate materials. You can also prevent kids from downloading songs containing explicit content or making in-app purchases. In fact, using the native iOS restrictions is a fairly quick and easy solution for applying an internet filter to an iPhone.

The only problems are that the inbuilt restrictions don’t go quite far enough and that they’re not at all flexible. There are a number of ways smart youngsters can skirt the restrictions unnoticed, like installing 3rd party browsers which aren’t covered by the restrictions. There’s also no way to adjust the level or timing of the restrictions to allow for different situations. Instead you choose the settings you want and set them for good. For filtering the web, this is a pretty good standard, for other restriction functions it’s much less convenient.

Parental control solution

If you want a customizable tool to use as an internet filter for iPhone, then parental control software is just what you need. It makes it possible to take control of the child’s iPhone remotely from your own Apple (or Android) device. The content blocking feature on Kidslox allows the blocking of all sorts of inappropriate content including porn, violence, gambling, and much more. Altogether, over 4 million inappropriate sites are blocked with Kidslox content filtering system enabled. The database of blacklisted URLs is updated on a weekly basis so you can keep your children protected. You can also add individual sites or domains that you want to shut down. Additionally, you might like to enable Google SafeSearch and Bing Safe Search which block inappropriate search results from showing to your kid. Another great option is Youtube restricted mode that filters YouTube results to ensure mature content is not shown to teens. While these settings can be turned on manually from each individual service, turning them on via Kidslox is convenient and ensures that all browsers are covered.

But that’s only part of the feature set Kidslox offers. You can also block internet access, Safari or any other browser, individual social media services, explicit content and much more. Beyond that, parental tools allow you to restrict and monitor screen time usage, set schedules for homework or family time and block individual apps. There’s a lot of functionality, so whatever your families approach to screens, Kidslox is likely to be a good fit.

Conclusion

If you’re not looking for flexibility, but just want to turn on the security settings and let Apple do the rest, you might choose to rely on the basic solution that the iOS platform offers. Our experience though, suggests that Apple’s filter is fairly easily bypassed and doesn’t provide much by way of fine-tuning. That is why if you’re looking for out-of-the-box features, specialised parental control software like Kidslox would be a great addition to your kid’s mobile device. With parental software installed on your child’s device you can be much more confident that they can safely surf the web without bumping things you don’t want them to see.