How to restrict Game Center with parental controls on your iPhone or iPad

Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, let you manage which features, apps, and content your kids can and can't access on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. That includes preventing your child from engaging in multiplayer games or adding friends on Apple's social gaming network, Game Center. Like any social network, Game Center can be a great way to add some friendly cooperating or competition. However, not everyone your kids run into on Game Center will be friendly. There may be bullies or people with ulterior motives. That's why Apple makes it easy to make sure your children are only playing with people you know about and approve of.

How to block adding friends and playing multiplayer games in Game Center

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.
  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions at the very top if they aren't turned on already. If they are, skip to step 6.
  5. Choose a 4-digit passcode that only you will know. Never give this to your child.
  6. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the restrictions page and you'll find the Game Center section. Turn Off the options for Multiplayer Games and Adding Friends.

If and when your child wants to play a multiplayer game or add a friend, or wants you to add a friend for them, you can temporarily disable the block and do just that, then re-enable it when you're done.

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