Last week for my birthday I got a new iPhone! Never one to be an early adopter this is my first smart phone. (How unusual for someone who works in the tech industry.) Now that I have an iPhone my daughter has inherited my iPod touch. I know that many of her friends also own an iPod touch. They all have access to the Internet, FaceTime, YouTube and other applications. I figured there are other parents out there who may be wondering along with me, are there any parental control options available on these devices? So I did a bit of research and am sharing the links here. I’m also including links to resources for similar features on regular old desktops and laptops in both PC and Mac flavors.
Parental Controls on iDevices
- http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4213 – set restrictions in general settings on a iPhone or iPod touch. I have set a few of these restrictions on my daughter’s iPod but not all of them.
- http://www.mobicip.com/ – purchase an app that allows you to use an alternate web browser and choose from levels of restriction (i.e. elementary, middle school, high school)
- http://knol.google.com/k/how-to-setup-parental-controls-on-iphone-ipod-touch-os-3-0-edition – summary of previous two links in one location, also includes link to similar instructions for iPad and other iOS versions.
- http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1904 – set parental controls in iTunes on a computer
Parental Controls on the PC
- Basics – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/parental-controls
- Advanced – Windows Live Family Safety (Part of Windows Live Essentials) – http://explore.live.com/windows-live-family-safety. I have this enabled on my laptop. My daughter users her own account when she logs on. That account has certain restrictions in place, such as when she can use the computer.
Parental Controls on the MAC
Other Family Internet Safety Links and Resources
- http://www.google.com/familysafety/ – Google Family Safety Center – safe search on Google and YouTube
- http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents – Educational resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Let me know in the comments if you know of other resources that I can include here, or if you would like to hear about any of these in more detail in future posts.