Create a safer internet for your children in iPhone and iPad.

If you have children with iPhones or iPads, or who frequently use yours, and you want to control the type of content they can access when browsing the web in Safari, you're in luck - Apple lets you do just that. Whether you want to try an automatically limit all adult content to prevent a child from accidentally hitting a link they shouldn't, blacklist specific websites, or shut off all sites except for the ones you specifically whitelist, you'll find everything you need right in Settings and Restrictions. Here's how to manage the parental controls (restrictions) for web content:

How to blacklist specific content or sites in Safari for iPhone and iPad

If you're not overly worried and just want to try and prevent your kids from hitting links that take them to adult material, or there are only a few sites you want to make sure they never land on, you can use the automatic settings, and the blacklist feature.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Restrictions.

    launch settings app then tap general, and then restrictions

  4. Tap Enable Restrictions. If already enabled, skip to step 6.
  5. Type a 4-digit password that your children won't be able to guess.
  6. Type your password again to confirm it.

    tap enable restrictions, then type in a password and confirm it

  7. Tap on Websites under Allowed Content .
  8. Tap on Limit Adult Content under the Allowed Websites section.

    Tap websites then limit adult content

  9. Tap Add a Website under NEVER ALLOW.
  10. Type the URL of the website you wish to block in the Website field.
  11. Tap Done.

    tap add a website, then type in a url, then tap done

Repeat this process for each site you'd like to block access to. Keep in mind that if certain websites have mobile sites, you may need to block them separately. For instance, to block CrackBerry completely, you would need to block www.crackberry.com, m.crackberry.com, and t.crackberry.com since they have specified sites for tablets, smartphones, and full blown browsers.

If you find a site not blocking after you included it in your restricted websites list, visit that site and look in the Address Bar of Safari to make sure you're blocking the correct URL. Copy it if you need to and paste it into restrictions.

How to block everything and whitelist only specific sites in Safari for iPhone and iPad

For very young children, or if you simply want to make sure nothing is accessible except what you specifically allow, you can disable everything and then only turn back on the sites you consider absolutely permissible. (Like Apple or Disney).

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Restrictions.

    launch settings app then tap general, and then restrictions

  4. Tap Enable Restrictions. If already enabled, skip to step 6.
  5. Type a 4-digit password that your children won't be able to guess.
  6. Type your password again to confirm it.

    tap enable restrictions, then type in a password and confirm it

  7. Tap on Websites under Allowed Content .
  8. Tap on All Websites under the Allowed Websites section.

    tap websites, then tap all websites

  9. Tap Add a Website under ALWAYS ALLOW.
  10. Type the URL of the website you wish to allow in the Website field.
  11. Tap Done.

    tap add a website, then type in URL, then tap done

As with the blacklist, you might need to add variations, such as mobile versions, if a site has iPhone or iPad-specific URLs.