iTunes, the App Store, and the internet as a whole all have a lot of great kid-friendly stuff — and some that's not. Here's how to make sure the kiddos only see the safe stuff.

Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, let you manage which features, apps, and content your kids can and cannot access on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. That includes the ability to block content based on its age rating. Pretty much all types of content is rated, from iTunes Store music and podcasts, movies (PG or NC-17), TV shows, and App Store games and apps. You can even restrict Siri commands based on explicit language and web access, as well restrict adult-content or specific URLs on Safari.

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

If you want to keep your children from access adult-rated content, all you have to do is change a few settings in iPhone or iPad. Here's how you do it:

  1. Launch the Settings app on the iPhone or iPad you want to block content on.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.

    launch settings app, then tap general, and then restrictions

  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions at the top if they aren't already enabled. If they are, skip to step
  5. Type a 4-digit passcode. Ideally, this should be a unique code and definitely not the same code you use to unlock the phone.
  6. Type your passcode again to confirm it.

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

  7. Tap each of the content types under the Allowed Content section. Your options include:
    • Music, Podcasts & News
    • Movies
    • TV Shows
    • Books
    • Apps
    • Siri
    • Websites
  8. Tap the highest rating you wish to allow for your children. All ratings above this level will turn red and iOS will block content rated as such.

    Tap on content you want to restrict, and then tap highest rating you want to allow for each one

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.)