Help with Devices

Step-by-step instructions for setting up controls and restrictions on devices.

Turn on Google Play parental controls

  1. Open the Play Store on your child’s device
  2. On the top left menu (three lines) , choose Settings, then Parental Controls
  3. Turn parental controls ON
  4. Create a pin, make sure it’s one they won’t guess!
  5. Set filters, choose the highest content rating for each: Apps, Games, Movies, TV
  6. For Music and Books, you can restrict downloads or purchases of explicit content.
  7. These steps must be done for each device, however, if you have multiple users on one device, you can set up per user

Samsung parental controls

  1. Download the Kids Mode app from the Google Play Store
  2. Create a pin code
  3. Register your child - can add up to six kids
  4. Tap Daily Playtime Limit to set a time limit on your child
  5. Choose Apps, Media and Music to choose which apps your child may use and which are blocked
  6. Will block websites with adult content, based on key words
  7. Kids Mode provides access to Kids Drawing, Kids Music, Kids Magic Voice and Kids Video apps, as well as those you downloaded from the Kids Store

Turn off Location Services for apps (iOS - not Screen Time)

  1. Open Settings on the device
  2. Scroll down, and tap the icon for the app wanting to use location (Snapchat, etc.)
  3. Tap Location
  4. On the screen that opens, tap Never

Turn off Location Services for apps (Android)

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the device
  2. Scroll to Security & Location, tap Location
  3. Turn Location OFF
  4. Tap Google Location History
  5. In Settings, tap Apps
  6. Tap Configure apps or App settings, then App permissions
  7. In the list features choose Your location
  8. Choose which apps will have access to the location

Disable private browsing on Safari (older than iOS 12)

  1. Open Settings on the device
  2. Tap General
  3. Open Restrictions (if not already set, turn Restrictions on. Make sure to use a passcode that cannot be guessed!)
  4. Scroll down to Websites, tap to open
  5. Tap Limit Adult Content
  6. Now when you open Safari web browser on the device, you will not get an option for Private Browsing.

Note: This must be done on each device separately.

Set up Screen Time (iOS 12)

 First set up Family Sharing

  1.  On your device, open Settings and tap on your name (iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings, iCloud)
  2. Tap Set Up Family Sharing, then Get Started. Follow the instructions to set up your family and invite your family members.
  3. You can either send a text to invite your child or choose Invite in person and enter their Apple ID and password.
  4. After you set up your child, you’ll be asked if you want to approve app downloads, share their location, share purchase and music, etc. Choose whichever makes sense for your family.

Now set up Screen Time

  1.  Once the child is added to Family Sharing, their name will appear in the list when you go to Settings, your name, Family Sharing
  2. To set up Screen time for the child, in Settings, tap Screen Time, scroll down to the child’s name and tap (or the Screen Time set up may pop up automatically after you add him/her to Family Sharing)
  3. You will be asked to set up a passcode, make sure it’s one they can’t guess!
  4. First, set up Downtime – these are the hours you want the phone to not be available, i.e. 11 pm – 7 am. Choose the hours that work best for your family. Note, they are the same every day, with no weekend exceptions currently. You can choose to block the device completely, and the child must ask for access.
  5. Set up App Limits – this is the maximum amount of time each day you want the child to have on each type of app: games, social networking etc. Just tap Add Limit, choose the type of app, and tap Add, then enter the time.
  6. Next choose what apps are Always Allowed from a list. It will list all the apps they have on their device. These are the apps they can have during Downtime. (For example, you probably always want the phone available, but might not want them to be able to text.)
  7. Next is Content & Privacy. This is like Restrictions on older iOS versions.
  8. Turn on Content & Privacy Restrictions
  9. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases – here you can block downloads and in-app purchases, and block deleting apps
  10. Tap Allowed Apps to block any apps they’ve downloaded that you don’t want on their device
  11. Tap Content Restrictions for music, movies, TV and book ratings, etc. Tap Web Content, then Limit Adult Websites to block explicit content and remove the private searching option on Safari. You can also block screen recording and adding friends here, if you choose.
  12. Share My Location should be Not Allowed for privacy
  13. Under Allow Changes
  14. Don’t Allow Passcode changes (and make sure you know what it is!)
  15. Turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving
  16. Decide what other options there are important for your family
  17. Make sure Include Website Data is on (green button) so you can see that when you look at your child’s info.

That’s it! Now, when you want to check your child’s phone usage, just go into Settings, Screen Time and tap their name. You’ll see: most used apps and how much time they’ve spent on those apps, how many times they picked up their phone, how many notifications they received and from which apps.

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