Two iOS 7 features Parents will Love

Last week was the much ballyhooed debut of the iPhone 5S and 5C along with iOS 7.  iOS is the Apple operating system for mobile devices.  While many folks are commenting on the new design (shown here), there are at least two new features that parents should be aware of.  First, you can now restrict Safari from showing adult content, and second, you can block contacts.  Blocking contacts means there is a solution to the problem of group iMessages.

You may want to upgrade your child’s devices just for these features!  Here’s the low down.

Block adult web content in iOS7 on iPods, iPads and iPhones

As you may know Apple does offer some level of parental control for iPods, iPhones and iPads through Restriction settings.  Used to be, you could either allow the Safari web browser or restrict it completely.  In order to allow access to only some sites, you had to install a kid-safe browser, and restrict Safari completely.

Now, with iOS 7, Apple has added website content filtering.

Here is how to set it up.  (These screenshots are from an iPad mini, but the instructions should work for any iOS 7 device)

1. From the child’s iDevice with the iOS 7 update, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.

2. If you have already set up restrictions, you’ll be prompted for the passcode.  If not, choose Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode.  Be sure to use a 4-digit passcode that you will remember and your kids will not guess.

3. Scroll down to the heading “Allowed Content”.  Click on “Websites”.

4. The options are:

All Websites – no restrictions in place, your child can visit any website.  Best for older trustworthy older teens and adults.

Limit Adult Content–limits access to “many adult websites automatically”.  This appears to be a great option for older kids, tweens, and younger teens where you want to make sure they don’t access inappropriate content for their age group.

Limit adult content in iOS 7

You can also choose to always allow certain websites or never allow a site, to override the automatic settings.

In my testing, the device would not allow a visit to or  Also searching for “sexy pictures” with a Google search was blocked.

Screenshot showing restricted in Safari


Specific Websites Only – this setting will only allow websites you specify.  You start with a suggested list of child friendly sites such as Discovery Kids, PBS Kids, and a few others.  You can then add additional sites using the “Add a Website…” option near the bottom.

Only allow specific web sites in Safari using iOS 7

You can also remove any of the recommended sites if you’d like.  To do that, click “Edit” near the top-right of the screen, click the red button next to the website and then click Delete.

How to block the mobile versions of Facebook, YouTube and other sites

A few visitors have asked about this – when adding a website you want to block, try different URL’s (web addresses) if you can’t get it to work using “www”.  For example, to block Facebook on a mobile device, the address you want to block is “”.  Note the “m” instead of “www”.  Many websites use “m” for the mobile version of their site.


Blocking contacts or users in Group iMessages in iOS 7

Many families have experienced the problem of group messages.  Once you’re in, you cannot get out (it’s kind of like Hotel California).  Now there’s a new solution.  Just block any user and they cannot send you a message or FaceTime (or call you, if you have an iPhone).

How to block someone from sending you a message

1. Go to Settings > Messages > Blocked.

Block someone from sending you a message in iOS 7


2. Click Add New.  This pulls up your Contacts list.  Select a name and that person is blocked.

Add New blocked user.  You will not receive phone calls, messages, or FaceTime from people on the block list.


How to block someone who is not in your Contacts list

1. You do not have to add someone to your Contacts just to block them.  In a lot of the pesky group iMessage fiascos, an unknown entity is involved, like maybe a friend of a friend, or a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy.  So here’s how to block someone who isn’t in the Contact list.

1. Go the offending group message.

2. Click “Contacts” in the upper right.  This should reveal a list of people involved in the message.  Find the name(s) you want to block and click the small letter “i” for their info.

3. Scroll down the bottom of this info screen and click on “Block this Caller”.

Block someone from sending you a group Message


How do I unblock someone?
1. The easiest way is to go to Settings > Messages or Settings > FaceTime.

2. Click Blocked.

3. Click Edit in the upper right, and then click the little red icon to unblock someone.

Unblock a previously blocked user

Which devices can upgrade to iOS 7?

Newer model iPhones, iPods and iPads can update but unfortunately older models, such as the iPod touch 4th generation, or original iPad, cannot.  Apple has a list at the bottom of this page.  You can also find out if a device is eligible for an upgrade by going to Settings >GeneralSoftware Update.

So if your child’s device can’t be upgraded and you want to block websites, you’ll have to install a kid safe browser instead.  Some parents may also find that the Apple web filtering doesn’t give as much fine-tuned control as some of the kid safe browsers offer.  But for those relying on the out-of-the-box features, this is a welcome addition.



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  1. says

    Thanks Jean for this update. Another feature I like is that when a parent enables limits for web searching it also disables the ability to enable private browsing mode and to clear history on search engines like Bing.

    Although I like the new feature and appreciate that Apple is finally doing something about Safari’s unfettered access to Internet sites, I would still caution parents from moving away from third-party browsers like Covenant Eyes. Kids can still access highly mature content from sites like if they sign in, the new features for iOS7 do not prevent the searching or clearing of history in these cases.

  2. Lisa says

    Can you block a phone number if that is the only information you have. For example the person is not in your contacts nor are they a part of a past message you have received

    • Jean says

      Hi Lisa. I haven’t found a way to do that. It seems you can only block someone in your contacts, or if you had previously interacted in messages or FaceTime or a phone call. I suppose you could add the phone number to contacts in order to block the number.

  3. Maria Xu says

    Thanks for your artical. I tried to limit my daughter’s access to facebook during the day. So I tried “Limit Adult Content” and put “” & “” under NEVEE ALLOW. However, it doesn’t work. She still can go to to browser to type “” and access that website. Please help. Thanks.

    • Jean says

      Hi Maria,
      Try adding “”. I tried that and it worked, Facebook was blocked in Safari. Sometimes mobile versions of web sites use the “m” in the web address.

      • JT says

        Thank you! Couldn’t find anything about why YouTube was still working even though I blocked it.

  4. Bob says

    great, in “limit adult content” I can add specific websites to the “never allow” list, but for some reason when I add youtube to the list it doesn’t block it. Has anyone else had this problem?

  5. Jean says

    Hi Bob, try adding it as “”. I tried that and it worked. Same situation as above for Facebook, in that mobile versions of websites often use “m” in the URL.

  6. Steve says

    My iPhone can be used as a personal hotspot. This is great when my kids want to use their iPod/iPad in the car (WIFI only) by tethering to my iPhone and then using my cell data to get to the internet. The problem I have found is that when using it in this way my kids can still get to porn with the restrictions on because they don’t seem to extend to WIFI tethered devices. How can I protect them while connected in this way? I think I can enable it on their device too in iOS7, but I one of them has an older iPod with iOS6 that can’t be upgraded to iOS7 and it does not have this feature. Please advise. Thanks.

    • Jean says

      Good question Steve. I tried this by tethering my iPad mini (iOS7) to my iPhone’s (iOS7 with no restrictions in place) hotspot. The restrictions set on the iPad continued to work. If the tethered device can only run iOS6, you might want to try a “kid safe” browser such as Mobicip. I haven’t tested this but will report back once I have a chance.

  7. Erin says

    May I know what happens after you remove someone from your block list? If the person has previously sent you some messages while you block him/her, will you receive them after you “unblock” them?

    • Jean says

      Hi Erin,
      I tested this and if I recall correctly, what happened was the messages didn’t come through after the person was un-blocked.

  8. Ruth says

    I have tried what you suggested but unfortunately my new ipad air seems to just block ANY website whatsoever, even though I have just set it to block adult content. Even my bank’s website is blocked. Any suggestions?

  9. Jean says

    Hi Ruth,
    Well I know there had been some complaints on the internet about this filter blocking too many “general audience” websites. But seems like something isn’t working correctly if it is blocking everything. I would double-check and make sure you didn’t click “Specific Websites Only” because then indeed everything would be blocked. If not, then I’d check with Apple on this problem.

  10. Mark says

    These controls are only for Safari right? Kids can access the internet in other ways besides Safari by clicking on pop up adds within apps. Many apps have their own built in unrestricted browsers. The internet is unsafe for kids through this workaround. Try clicking on an ad within an app. You are suddenly on the internet. Huge loophole.

    • Jean says

      Hi Mark – that is a big concern. I just tested to see what would happen. I believe the blocking works on more than just Safari. I turned on the internet restrictions to only allow specific sites – meaning, most everything will be blocked except a few kid-friendly sites. I opened my Facebook app, and clicked a link to an article that someone shared. I got a message within the Facebook app that it was restricted.

      I then tried a game app, Words with Friends. There was an ad at the bottom – for Home Depot – clicked and got the message “You cannot browse to [site URL] because it is restricted”. This was still within the app, not Safari.

      So seems like the internet restrictions will work from within apps – at least the ones I tried! In another app, an ad that I clicked was not a weblink, but a link to the App store for a related app. That did work, since it was not a true web link. This is where app restrictions settings would then kick in. Also, in Facebook, a link to a YouTube video DID work, because I have the YouTube app. If I didn’t have the app, the link to YouTube would have been blocked.

  11. Kim says

    Loved your article. I was really debating to upgrade and you have now convinced me it’s worth doing. I’m still trying to find a way to block some of my books from appearing in the nook app so that my daughters can read the books that are okay for them but not the ones I don’t want them to read. Is there still no way to do this on the iPad?

    • Jean says

      Hi Kim – not sure about the Nook app as I’m more of a Kindle gal myself! I’m not sure if there is a way to only show the books you want them to see.

  12. Brian says

    Question about blocking contacts. I’m trying to block a contact from my son’s phone, but I can’t see any parental control on that feature so it seems like he could go in and unblock a contact after I block one. Do you know if there is a way to restrict that from happening? I hope so!

    • Jean says

      Hi Brian,
      Unfortunately I haven’t found a way. I wondered if the “don’t allow changes” setting in restrictions () would prevent one from unblocking someone; but, just tried that, and it doesn’t. With that restriction set I could still unblock someone. So I’m not really sure if it’s possible.

  13. james says

    I am trying to use my Iphone 4 personal hotspot on my Galaxy S3 … although it is connected I am unable to access certain sites like facebokm/twitter… it keeps givingme this message -“This device is currently not authorized to access Dial-Up Networking services, please contact your wireless service provider for more details.” Please help

  14. fran says

    Can we block a specific website on ipad mini, like webcam chats or is there anyway to block webcam altogether but still be able to use camera for pictures? Thank YOU!

    • Jean says

      You can block a specific web site if you know the URL (web address). In terms of blocking the webcam altogether, you can block FaceTime since it is part of the iOS, but still allow the Camera. This is done in Restrictions settings. But there might be other apps that use the camera and I’m not sure those would be blocked by blocking Facetime. I suppose you could delete those apps, and then restrict installing other apps if that was a concern.

    • Jean says

      Hi rob, I’ve never tested this but I’d assume that restoring the iPhone to factory defaults would remove the restriction, as would restoring to an earlier backup before restrictions were put in place.

  15. calagan says

    This is a nightmare: I spent hours to fine-tune all the restrictions described in this fine article and then the next day, as I try to make a quick update, I realized that deactivating the restrictions just wiped out everything I configured previously!

    • Jean says

      Sorry to hear that – unfortunately Apple does not remember the settings that were in place if you set restrictions (under General > Restrictions) and then deactivate and then set them again, although with web content filtering I did find that if you turn if off then on, it will remember the specific websites.

    • Alexander Kirchhof says

      I only can emphasize this!
      How stupid is this by Apple?
      Or is it by intention to hinder you to share your iOS device with your family and push you to buy each one his own?
      This pitfall is the same in each version since restrictions were introduced first.

  16. hawkeyeinidaho says

    Is there a way to set up 2 passcodes on my son’s iPad? I would like one for him to have in order to unlock the iPad (a 1st defense for thieves) and a second for me to restrict websites, etc. As it is now, he can change any setting I put in by typing in the passcodes as it’s the same for him to initially unlock the iPad.


    • Jean says

      Yes you can absolutely do that and it is recommended! Use a pass code that he knows for unlocking the iPad, but use a different code for the restrictions settings that only you know.

      • Hawkeyeinidaho says

        Thank you for answering so quickly! How do I go about doing that? (Step-by-step, if possible please as I’ll have to explain it to my wife as well). Thank u!

      • Jean says

        Basically go into Settings – General – Restrictions to set it up. I have an article here about it, screenshots are from a prior version but should work the same: This is for restricting YouTube and Safari, however YouTube is not part of restrictions anymore as it is no longer a built-in app. There are many other settings within the Restrictions that you can change. For example, I recommend disabling In-App Purchases, limiting Location Services only to apps that require it. Hope this helps!

  17. Patty says

    This is great but I would love it if Apple found a way to passcode lock the Settings App. Although I can set limits my 7 and 5 year olds have figured out in a very short time how to get into the settings and mess with things. Yes I have already posted a comment to Apple. If anyone knows a way to lock kids out of the Settings App please let me know.

    • Jean says

      Hi Patty – good point. I think restrictions on the Settings app would be a welcome addition! One thing you could do would be to use Guided Access, which is a way to keep the device open into one particular app/game. Then you have to type in a code to get them out of the app. This works well when, for example it is your device and you might give it to them to play a game for a while. Not sure if this will work for you but it did come to mind.

      • says

        Can u help me with Imessage block? I followed the steps and had it blocked through step by step on this system. I think a friend of hers has shown her a way around it. I now see it has a faint green color on imessage now. I followed same steps as before but nothing changes and the apple 5c phone is able to send Imessage. Any ideas?

      • Jean says

        Blocking iMessage will only block the messages sent through iMessage, i.e. over WiFi to other iOS users. On iPhones, when you see that the text message is green, that means it is being sent as a regular SMS or text message through the 3G or cell connection. I’m not sure there is a way to block that.

  18. Robin says

    Hi Jean, thanks for helping us out with your article and time. I found it ironic that your web link article was blocked immediately as soon as I had restriction filter on. I had to allow the weblink to be added to the allowed list. Is there a way to provide feedback to apple regarding the wrong blocking of website like yours? Cheers!

    • Jean says

      Hi Robin,
      Ack! Well that is disconcerting! I’m not sure but I am going to search the Apple site to see if there is a way to provide feedback. Thanks for the comment!

  19. Kathleen says

    Hi Jean,

    I am not an iPhone user but bought my kid iphones for xmas.
    Then on my windows phone (that I use) I got a random nasty picture texted to me.
    Is there a way to limit incoming texts to only the numbers in my kids iPhone contact list? They do not always use imessaging since people like their mom don’t receive those messages.
    I didn’t get the idea that your article section titled “Blocking contacts or users in Group iMessages in iOS 7″ covered that.

    I would like to prevent them from getting random texts, not block them once they come in. Please can you help?

    • Jean says

      Hi Kathleen,
      As far as I know, on the device itself you can only block a user or number that you already know. However someone would have to know your child’s e-mail address (to send iMessage) or phone number (to send SMS text message). Depending on your carrier (Verizon, AT&T, etc) there might be tools to block unknown contacts from phone calls or SMS, but that would not have an effect on iMessage, which goes over WiFi through an e-mail address. So another important reason to remind kids not to give out their personal information on any public forum!

    • Jean says

      Yes, there are so many “false positives” meaning sites that are blocked that don’t contain adult content…no information on their website as to how they are determining what to block.

    • Jean says

      Hi Angela,
      Yes, you can go back in to Restrictions – Websites and there will be a list of websites that have been allowed. In the upper right corner, click Edit and then you can remove any of the sites that were previously allowed. And if that doesn’t work, you can then add the site to the “Blocked” list. Just make sure the same website is not on both lists – that somehow happened when I checked if this would work!

  20. mommabear says

    I have changed the website restrictions to “specific websites only” but how does he get to those sites to search them? Safari tells me we cant use google or bing to search because they are restricted.

  21. Tom Torresson says

    Great Article. My 13 yr old has a iPhone V. Anyone know of a way to have it automatically shut off on times by day that I tell it to?

    We use AT&T and signed up for smart limits. Problem is that it does not shut off wireless access. And turns out she CAN text with other programs – just not via AT&T.

    I would love to be able to set it up that at 9pm on a school night the dang thing just shuts down / or locks. Period.

    • Jean says

      Hi Tom, you might want to look at the options that might be available on your wireless router. Most have parental controls available and the ability to restrict certain devices from WiFi on a schedule, just like you are looking to do. Other options would be services like OpenDNS or SkyDog which also have those capabilities.

  22. Sada says

    Ok so I restricted adult content websites only however it has restricted normal things like reading a news paper article and quizzes etc why ????? Does anyone know please help

    • Jean says

      Hi Sada, Yes that is one of the issues with Apple’s content filtering. It tends to filter out more than is necessary. As for other ways you can filter out adult content, the only ways I know do rely on installing another web browser to replace Safari. If you do that, just restrict Safari completely under Restrictions settings, then the only option for web browsing would be the new browser you replace it with. Here are some options:

  23. Sada says

    Is there any other ways I can restrict adult content without the user knowing I have installed something on there iPad etc

  24. Tom says

    Hi, great info. My question is; can I block a contact’s texts that are sent in a group but still let the contact send me personal texts?
    Also, if I started a group, how do I delete the group?
    Thanks, Tom

  25. amber says

    How to block wifi on iphone 5s? My son has been able to access sites that he shouldnt from mcdonalds free wifi! Furious that we cant block this option!

      • Kyl says

        I have safari turned off on my iPhone 5s and even have used the allowed sites feature to permit only a select few sites to enable my banking apps to work, etc. Still when I go somewhere like McDonald’s the free WiFi triggers a new window to open from the bottom inviting me to accept the terms and use the wifi. After doing so, it switches to a google search page with apparently unrestricted access to the internet despite my phone supposedly only allowing a small handful of sites not including Google. I’d like to be able to enable parental restrictions so my kids don’t find themselves with unfettered internet access despite what I thought was maximal lockdown on my phone. Can you turn off the ability of the phone to join public wifi like that? Thanks for your help and all the great advice here!

      • Jean says

        Hi Kyl, that’s interesting. I would try two things. One, if you have Safari disabled completely in Restrictions, but have another browser enabled that has better site-level controls, I wonder how that would work. I’m not sure if an alternate browser would open automatically like that. It is worth a try…I have a few suggestions on my page here about kid-safe browsers. Secondly, you can go to Wi-Fi settings and change the “ask to join networks” setting to see if that helps. However, that setting cannot be locked down. Hope one of these methods helps!

  26. says

    Will the iOS7 restriction ‘Limit Adult Content” filter work if my son is either connected to the 4G network OR my home WiFi? – The previous McDonalds WiFi comment has me a bit confused…

    • Jean says

      Hi Ron,
      I believe the restriction for limiting adult content will work whether connected to WiFi OR 3G/4G (Just tested this on my iPhone, with WiFi turned off, using a 3G connection, adult sites were blocked).

  27. Ana says

    Hi jean. My question is a bit diff bit you might be able to help me never the less. I read the instructions and I’m wandering about the ‘m. Site versions).. I dont like the m. versions on safari when I use facebook for example. As of today every time I log into Facebook from the safari website it looks like the app version, which is odd. It never did that before. I looked at the browser bar and it shows and not as it used to show and be.. How do I get ride of the automatic m.facebook and go back to wow.facebook? Does it make sense? My English is low. Please help. I know it’s off topic a little but maybe you can help. I use iPad.

    • Jean says

      Hi Ana,
      That’s a great question. Most websites that have a mobile version will try to automatically detect what kind of device your are using or the screen size, and then provide you with the version that they feel is best for your device. So if you are browsing on a mobile device it may automatically give you the “m” version. Most of the time, websites will offer you a link to go back to the regular “desktop” version so that you can decide; however some may not, and they may not your remember your choice the next time you browse.

  28. Julie says

    When you restrict an IPAD from Adult Content, does it also restrict adult content within Youtube?

    My son is 11 and I would like him to be able to go on Youtube, but obviously restrict him from getting to inappropriate videos….

    • Jean says

      Hi Julie,
      It may depend on whether it is YouTube within the Safari browser, or the YouTube app. I’m not 100% sure. You may also want to check the YouTube settings (either in the app or browser) to turn on YouTube Safety mode. Again it won’t catch everything but is an additional safeguard you can try. I’ve been wanting to update my articles about YouTube and your comment has reminded me to do so! Once I do I will reply back here :-)

      • Cas says

        I have a kid that bypass my home router security by connecting to optimum wifi that leaks into my home any way to prevent that , I tried to restrict in website restrictions to prevent the website showing the logon screen. I tested it by trying to connect to optimumwifi but it’s still connects.

      • Jean says

        That’s a challenging one…if there is open WiFi nearby then the restrictions offered by iOS7 will not necessarily block the connection, just the websites that are available while connected.

  29. Lily says

    Hi Jean – Thank you for this fantastic website. We are debating getting an iphone or droid for our son. Our main objective is to block certain applications like snapchat, tumbler, askfm etc, block porn, and also monitor texting use. A few questions please: 1.) What are the pros and cons of iphone vs. droid for this purpose? 2.) When ichat is on, we can’t see texted numbers on online bill…what are the options to disable this or monitor who they are texting? 3.) How easy is it for them to disable the iphone parental controls? Thanks so much!

    • Jean says

      Hi Lily,
      Thanks for this great question and sorry about my delayed reply, as I have been on vacation and it’s taken a while to catch up on messages and comments! For the iPhone, you can’t necessarily block specific apps from being added. You can block all, or you can block apps by app rating. You can restrict Safari web browser and then add a “kid-safe” browser in order to block porn or otherwise unsafe content, and to monitor what is being viewed. You can restrict iMessage if you prefer all texting to be done via SMS and therefore on your online phone bill. There is also an app called TeenSafe that I reviewed recently which you could try for iMessage monitoring. I’m not as familiar with all this for Android phones, but I would peruse the Google Play store for parental control apps to looks at those options. As for disabling parental controls – when there is a will, there is a way, and part of giving them the phone might include a written agreement for use along with what the consequences would be for trying to disable the controls! I hope to come back and write more and include links to articles that cover a few of the things I’ve mentioned here.

    • Michelle says

      Lily – just wanted to share my daughter has iphone, if there is an unsavory friend you want to eliminate from contacting them, but your child likes them, know that there is no way to disable iMessage on the iPhone. I have been to apple store, spoke to Cupertino, cannot be done. imessage will work when there is a wifi connection OR on the data on your cellular link. so you can prevent wifi at home on your router, but not data usage on cellular – unless your carrier allows you to block or ration that to low threshold. But if you block cellular network data, you block more than just iMessage, you block just about everythng. We are very frustrated. Probably swapping her phone for my Blackberry, which has very good parental controls.

      • Jean says

        I do have an article here about blocking iMessage. True it is not under the Restrictions. But you can lock Accounts so that once iMessage is turned off, it cannot be turned on: I just tried this on an iPad mini using iOS8, and it does work. However in your example, when the device is an iPhone, it doesn’t turn off completely as there is still the ability to send and receive SMS text messages (i.e. not over WiFi). But maybe the combination of blocking at the cellular network level and then using this approach for iMessage would help?

  30. says

    Found this awesome app that is only .99 that restricts ipod, iPad, and iPhone usage. Looks like it will work well for the younger kiddos early teens. It’s called kaboom. Check it out

  31. Katie says

    Hi just wanted to check something, I have age restrictions on my child’s iPhone 5s, but do these restrictions still work when using hotspots on a laptop or are the restrictions just to the phone it’s self? Tia x

  32. Michelle says

    Can someone tell me, is the block contacts function under parental controls? Can I block someone and password protect that block so that individual cannot be reenabled on my daugter’s phone? I know on the iPhone there is no way to disable iMessage. Apple support has confirmed. We have a boy blocked at the network level with phone carrier, but we cannot block wifi at school so it gets through. Home router blocked wifi to phone.

    • Michelle says

      when I say no way to disable iMessage, I mean the switch to disable is not under parental controls. So your kid will just turn it back on. Took my teen about 3 minutes to figure that out.

    • Jean says

      Hi Michelle,
      The block function isn’t under parental controls; once a contact is blocked they could be unblocked. I even tried going into Settings – General – Restrictions, scrolled down to “Allow Changes” and changed it to “Don’t Allow Changes” for Accounts. I went back into Messages, found a previous conversation from that user, and was able to unblock them. However you might still play around with this, in my case I didn’t delete all previous messages, so maybe that would make a difference. There might be parental control software that might block the availability of Wifi on a set schedule (i.e. during the school day). I haven’t reviewed these yet but you could try, or for example. (All on my list to review!)

  33. kathleen says

    Hi. I just upgraded to an Iphone 6 and when I restored my earlier settings, it added in restrictions. However, since I never set this up in the first place, I have no idea what the password it. Also, it is very broad and blocking out just about every site. Any suggestions on how to reset the password so I can turn off the restrictions function?

  34. Grace says

    Dear Ma’am, I was just ask of my boss for contact restriction because here in Qatar they were not offering family number, in where only the member of the family on she can/can contact her including the contacts in social networking. Is there any settings to do this by phone unit? thank you and will appreciate your help.

  35. R says

    Hi, I have the ‘Limit Adult Content’ activated on my phone. The problem is that it blocks 90% of the internet. I can’t search anything. It blocked Big Brother, the charity. It blocks craigslist, Costco, real estate companies. Is there anything that can be done the fix this? I literally can’t use the internet anymore. I had to use my computer just to send this because the iPhone blocked this page… Please help.

  36. njmom says

    While apple does have the best parental controls, it’s also a good idea for parents to configure their DNS settings for individual home routers and individual computers and devices including apple devices by simple changing the DNS settings within the device. It’s free and easy with step by step instructions, it blocks access to unwanted web sites for further peace of mind.

  37. Joan says

    I had blocked my sons Ipad & Iphone 5c using the restrictions passcode. I have gone in and checked his browsing history and somehow, he’s been on the ‘forbidden’ sites again. I cleared down the history at the point when I put the restrictions on so anything I see is since the restrictions. He doesn’t know my 4 digit code. How would he have bypassed the restrictions?

    • Jean says

      Hi Joan,
      I’m not sure how that would have happened. I would double-check that any website you entered into sites to restirct, include all variations of the web address. For example sometimes on mobile sites there are web address such as as well as You might also check out some of alternate “kid safe browsers” instead of Safari, some of them have many more features and capabilities than the built in iOS website restrictions.

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