If you have a kid and he/she already have an iPad and a laptop. For the record, the latter was a disadvantage, and you should not allow your kid to spend extra time on the screen until the kid is almost 6 to 7 years old, and we limited it drastically until three o’clock passed. But now we encourage the periodic use of technology because this is 2019 and technological ability is a requirement for everyday life.
Fortunately, we’re technologically smart enough to have taken care of their various devices so you know you’re always safe when you use anything that can access the web, a place that no child belongs to with unlimited access.
If you want to set up your iPhone to be safe in the hands of a child or if it’s time for your son or daughter to get their first iPhone, you should also restrict access to the sites (and searches) you would prefer not in front of young eyes.
How to block websites on iOS
If you want to restrict access to certain websites on your iPhone or iPad, this is easy to do. Before iOS 12, you can do it in the General Settings app in restrictions. But with the new Screen Time feature, you should go to a different place.
Blocking a website on a desktop, be it a Windows 10 PC, a Linux PC or a Mac, is as simple as modifying a host file. For desktop computers, you can also find much different content blocking apps that are excellent parental control tools.
On mobile phones, things are different and on iOS, things are much more limited. However, there is not much freedom to make changes at the operating system level, if you are running iOS 12 or later, you can use Screen Time to block websites on iOS.
Below, we show you how to block access to specific websites on the iPhone or iPad.
Block websites on iOS
- Open the Settings app on your device. (iPhone or iPad)
- Tap on Screen Time.
- You must enable it to use content restrictions. Once enabled, tap on “Content & privacy restrictions”. On the next screen, tap “Content Restrictions”. Tap on the “Web Content”
- On the Web Content screen, select “limit adult websites”. After selecting this option, you will see two new options where you can include websites in the blacklist and in the white list. In the “Never allow” section, tap “Add website”.
- Enter the URL of the website you want to block and go. All domain pages will now be blocked.
When you try to visit the website, regardless of the browser used, it will not be loaded. The upload error will indicate that the website cannot be loaded because it is locked or because it is not allowed on the device. If you’re setting it up for a child’s iPhone or iPad, it’s a good idea to set a password for the screen time.
The Screen Time access code is independent of the access code of the device, so it is possible to configure it as desired and at the same time allow a child to lock the phone with his own access code.
However, it works very well, we have not tested it with a VPN or proxy server. It is possible that a proxy can grant access to a restricted website. If you prefer not to take the risk with a child, consider limiting the applications that can be installed on your device.
The content restriction feature was part of a different configuration before the introduction of Screen Time. If you are using an older version of iOS, you may be able to block websites through the content restriction feature, but it may not necessarily be blocked by your access code. In previous versions of iOS, the restrictions could be changed if the device access code was entered, so it would be a less effective parental control tool.
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