How to Restrict YouTube and Safari in iPod touch and iPad

Here are instructions for setting parental control restrictions on an iPod touch or iPad.  This will also work on an iPhone.   If you are “locking down” your child’s device and installing a kid-safe browser, then install the kid-safe browser first.  Then follow these steps.

1. From the child’s iPod or iPad, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.

General Settings  Restrictions under General Settings

(these two screenshots are from an iPhone; but should look about the same on your child’s device)

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. Turn YouTube and Safari to the OFF position.  In addition, set Installing Apps and Deleting Apps into the OFF position as well (this will prevent your child from adding these Apps back to the device.  If you install a kid safe browser, the restriction for Deleting apps will prevent them from deleting the app you install).  Once done the screen should look like this:

Restricting YouTube and Safari on an iPod touch

That’s it! Just be sure to remember that 4-digit restriction passcode.  You will need it to go back and make adjustments such as removing apps or adding new ones.  I really recommend this for younger children so you can have a better idea of what they’re doing when they are seemingly tethered to their device! And as always, talk with your kids about what they’re doing online – parental controls and restrictions are only one side of the equation.



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