How to restrict music, movies, TV, web, and more 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 the ability to block content based on its age rating. For example, iTunes Store music or podcasts based on explicit language, movies above a specific rating like PG or NC-17, and TV shows above PG or MA, App Store apps above specific ages like 9+ to 17+, Siri based on explicit language and web access, and Safari based on adult-content or specific URLs.

How to block explicit content with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on the iPhone or iPad you want to block content on.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.
  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions at the top if they aren't already enabled. If they are, skip to step 6.
  5. Choose a 4-digit passcode that only you will know. Never give this passcode to your child.
  6. Under the Allowed Content section, go through the list and tap in each section. Choose the highest level of rated content you want your child to be able to view.

For more on using white lists in Safari to only allow access to specific pages, see:

If you ever want to make changes to the selections you made, just follow the same directions again. (And Be sure to exit Settings to apply the changes.)

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