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Lauren B. Stevens
Lauren B. Stevens is a freelance writer and influential blogger. She is passionate about social media and literature.
Sep 04, 2018
Revolutionary in its release, the original iPhone had people camping out to be in queue to purchase the world’s first smartphone -- remember the excited iPhone fan who dropped and smashed his phone on air, just minutes after purchasing? At the time, the first iPhones possessed a hefty price tag, running $499 to $599, depending on the amount of storage; options were either 4GB or 8GB. And now we have the iPhone 8, with a number of exciting upgrades, including security.
While people have balked at the price tag on the iPhone 8, just as many people have stated it is worth every penny of the price. Beginning at $999, the iPhone 8 boasts three storage options: 64GB, 256GB and 512GB.
Most of the changes iPhone 8 customers will notice can be found within the screen. The new iPhone boasts a 5.8-inch Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) touchscreen, with almost non- existent bezels framing it. For the non-techies among us, an OLED screen provides the best picture viewing experience technology can provide. OLED screens are not backlit like traditional LED screens, instead, each pixel illuminates itself. The best example of this screen upgrade is that your iPhone screen will be viewable from virtually every angle, without distortion. Minute screen bezels mean the iPhone 8 is virtually all screen, the “Home” button is now located on the side. Although Apple was unable to perfect screen Touch ID for this model, the side home button will possess Touch ID, reading your thumbprint to unlock your phone. Facial ID or facial recognition is another new addition to the iPhone 8, and provides an added layer of security. iPhone 8 charging should be a breeze with wireless charging capabilities and boasting a potentially quicker charging time. Not to worry, the iPhone 8 will still feature a port for wired charging.
Whether you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or iPod (or are an Apple household with all their devices), adjusting the built-in parental controls on Apple products is relatively easy. With a plethora of customizable options, we’re going to show you how to establish your first line of defense and set up parental controls on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Always remember that mobile device companies are not experts in creating parental control software, which is why having targeted software can help keep your family’s devices safe and secure. Net Nanny helps by providing parental control software that enables you to see exactly where your child is going online, alerting you to questionable subject areas, filtering what they’re viewing, and even blocking websites with inappropriate content. If you’re not an Apple user, Windows 10 and Kindle also have parental controls you may want to explore.
Select Settings > General > Restrictions. Selecting Restrictions will prompt you to create a Restrictions Passcode. Once you’ve created your 4-digit passcode, you will then see a wide range of options to either enable or disable, arranged under the following categories: Allow, listing all of your native phone apps (this is where you can disable the camera, Siri, and FaceTime, if you have a kiddo who likes to play with those functions), Allowed Content, Privacy, Allow Changes and Game Center.
For a while, I couldn’t figure out why I kept running out of storage until I logged into iCloud and saw the hundreds of photos my son had taken with his iPad. Disabling the camera saved me from continually having to purchase more storage.
I’ve also disabled Installing Apps and In-App Purchases, as my son often plays free games, which provide direct download links from in-app advertisements. I learned about in-app purchases the hard way when I allowed my son to play cookie jam on my phone; he purchased coins for additional play time, with a simple swipe of the screen (I’d not even purchased more playing time for myself!). While I discovered the in-app purchase quickly, I could have easily avoided the situation by setting the controls on my phone.
Apple allows users to customize the restrictions on iPhone, iPad, and iPod, selecting as much, or as little access.
Using United States ratings system, you can disable access to music, podcasts, and news featuring explicit content, as well as books with adult content. Movies are also categorized by the rating system, you can see that I’ve restricted access to only those movies rated G and PG in the screenshot above.
Each content category allows you to customize the age range, or simply select Disable or Don’t Allow for that option.
WebsitesUnder the content heading, Websites allows you to customize what your child has access to on the web. You can allow All Websites, Limit Adult Content, and designate permissions for Specific Websites Only.
PrivacyThe Privacy menu allows you to further disable access to important items on your phone, such as your calendars, contacts, photos and social media accounts. You can also disable Location Services from the Privacy menu if you’ve not already disabled the GPS locater.
If you want to safeguard your phone’s settings, be sure to access the Changes menu; here you can restrict your child’s ability to change the account, data use and volume settings.
I have a friend whose tech-savvy elementary schooler not only figured out how to record his video game play but opened his own YouTube account and was amassing a following without my friend’s knowledge. You can avoid this, and similar scary situations, by adjusting the settings under Game Center.
While I like the ability to set a range of parental control settings on our iPhones and iPads, I don’t like the fact that the settings are not saved. For example, I spent five minutes customizing the restrictions for my son to be able to use my iPhone, and I disabled the restrictions once he returned it to me. The next time I went to hand over my phone, all of the customized restrictions had to be added, again, once I attempted to enable restrictions.
Net Nanny provides ease of use; settings remain saved per user, so you need only switch users to activate customized parental control settings on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod.