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How to control your child’s iPad [Parental control]

The desire to control what your child does on the mobile devices is natural for all parents. There’re too many things in the digital world that shouldn’t be shown to children until they reach certain age (and some shouldn’t be shown at all). And that concerns not only iPads but iPhones as well.

Parental control may include the ban on visiting certain sites, limitation of access to communication services, control of applications that are run on the device. As an addition it may also include remote control of what your child is doing at the moment. Unfortunately, not all developers include such functions in their applications, and sometimes such options may glitch.

In iOS there’s control option of its own, that’s why there’re fewer alternatives and additions in the AppStore than in Google Play. Built-in parental control means in the iOS allow limiting the use of some standard applications and forbidding installation or removal of new software. Among the programs that you may disable are Safari browser, YouTube client, camera, app for Internet buying.

To protect parental setting a four-digit password is used, which creates about 10000 possible combinations. But even if your child is patient it won’t be easy for him to guess the password – after several unsuccessful attempts the device will increase the timeout before the next attempt. Apart from that, the password screen shows the number of unsuccessful attempts, and that will betray your young hacker.

There’re no special settings for filtration of sites in Safari. If you disable it it’ll simply disappear from the menu. If you want to leave the ability to visit good normal sites then you have to think of some other solutions.

iOS platform shows strict requirements to the developers so they can’t create apps or software that work on a system level and control another software without breaching Apple rules. Thus, practically the only means of filtration of web-content is the use of a third-party browser that has such functions. Other browsers should be removed, and Safari should be disabled – otherwise all this will be useless.

If you don’t want to install other browsers you may use Kaspersky Parental Control for iOS. This application is being sold by “Kaspersky Laboratory” right in order to control the visits to “adult” sites. But the program works on the basis of its own “blacklist” and you can’t add another site to this list. As an alternative K9 Web Protection Browser may be used – it blocks search for images and video.