Smartphones and other devices

Children are using devices at a younger age so it’s important to consider setting controls on their tech, or on any devices that you are letting them borrow from you. We’ve pulled together a number of guides to give you simple steps to set controls on a range of devices.

Step-by-step Guides

Click on the guides for step-by-step instructions to set controls on popular devices.

Tablets & Smartphones

Gaming consoles & other devices

Operating systems

Limitation of network filters

How do device controls work?

Pre-installed parental controls are available for most smartphones, tablets, laptops and game consoles, and are part of the system when you buy them. You can often download additional parental control apps and software to supplement these controls. But the most important thing is to set the controls on the device itself.

Device controls can cover a variety of functions, however, usually, they restrict access to specific features and functions that exist on the device. You might also be able to control whether your child can download new apps, or prevent them from purchasing something in the app store.

In general, device controls won’t filter out specific types of content through the internet. You’ll also need to set these controls separately on any entertainment site or apps they use (such as YouTube, Chrome or Netflix) and on the network, they are connected to.

 

Search for Guides

Search here for parental controls guides for broadband, mobile, smartphones, social media, search engines and more, e.g Snapchat, Google, EE, Sky.

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