Let’s face it, protecting your loved ones from seeing inappropriate content on a computer is a difficult task, so it’s no surprise that accomplishing this on a mobile device like an iPhone or an iPad is an even more difficult task. Thankfully though, by combining the power of X3watch and the parental control settings that Apple has built-in, you can harness this task and provide some great protection for your family. Let’s take a look!
The first thing to do is make sure that you have X3watch installed on the device. If you need help getting this done, check out this link for a handy step-by-step guide.
After installing X3watch, you’ll need to open Apple’s built-in Restrictions features. To find these, locate the “Settings” icon on your device’s home screen and click on it. Next, locate the “Restrictions” option on the right side of the window (iPhone or iPod Touch users will need to click on “General” and then on “Restrictions).
If this is your first time accessing the “Restrictions” feature on your iOS device, you’ll be prompted to create what’s called a “Restrictions passcode”. This is not the same passcode that is used to lock the device! Once you’ve created the passcode and/or signed in, it’s time to optimize the settings by turning some things off and some on.
Item 1; Safari: If you haven’t already done so, turn the Safari web browser to “OFF”.
Item 2; Installing Apps: This is on by default, but by turning it off, you’ll prevent users from being able to circumvent the protections by installing another unfiltered browser. You’ll enjoy the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing exactly what apps your users have installed on their device.
Item 3; Deleting Apps: When “Deleting Apps” is turned on, users are able to delete any app from the device, including X3watch, simply by pressing and holding the app’s icon for a few seconds. By turing this OFF, no one can remove apps without your passcode. We recommend turning this option to OFF.
Item 4; In-App Purchases: Some applications have additional add-ons and services that users can buy inside the app itself. Parents have sometimes found unexpected charges on their credit and bank accounts made accidentally by children using their device (most often when playing games). For the security of your account, we recommend turning “In-App Purchases” to OFF!
While the above settings are the ones that we encourage our users to update, Apple does provide a few more that you may want to consider updating as well. Scrolling further down are options for Music and Podcasts and another for Movies. These two settings will allow you to restrict the types of material that users can access through iTunes. Scrolling a bit further down from that is a very cool setting for Siri. Apple is now providing a couple of settings to restrict Siri content. Depending on the age and maturity level of your kids or users, you may want to consider disabling explicit language from Siri’s search returns.
Once you’re finished making adjustments to your Restrictions settings, you can simply press the round home button on the device to return to the home screen. Users can begin using the device with all of the protections you’ve just enabled.accountability software, online safety, x3watch