Sometimes our kids want to play with our phone or tablet as well, and many times it’s just games or cartoons to keep them busy on a road trip. However, because this device is connected to the internet and you may not be able to see or control it anymore, that child does indeed have access to a lot more than you’d like them to access.

With this tutorial, I’ll show you how you can help prevent unwanted activity from occurring on your mobile device when it’s in your child’s hands. Many parents find that their children often get into trouble on their mobile devices, or end up downloading or deleting things off of the phone. With this method shown here, you (the parent) gain back the control you thought you never had.

You start by simply visiting your Settings app, and then navigating to GENERAL From there, scroll down until you see the section where the pass code locking options are to reveal one other option you may not have taken notice too before: Restrictions.

Restrictions is a powerful, built-in feature in iOS that allows you to set a password to access specific functions on the iOS Device. The best thing is, this pass code is independent from your normal lock code (which you may have given your kid so you didn’t have to do it whenever they left it on standby too long). In this way, you can allow your child to play the games and watch the content they know and love, but prevent them from doing anything you don’t want them to do or be subjected to.

Another great perk for parents with this built-in feature is that you can prevent them from accessing commerce applications like the App Store, or from changing your apps entirely (by installing new ones, or deleting ones you have already). A child may hold their fingers down in places on the home screen, and when those icons start giggling, they may not understand that it isn’t a game or some cute dance for them. They also may hit a bunch of “X” and delete a bunch of apps.

I hope this tutorial helps you. If you like it, please be sure to share it with others that you know who may have small children that like playing with their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Thanks.

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