This is how you set up a child filter on an Android tablet or iPad

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  January 2, 2021
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Indispensable for safely handing over your tablet to your child is the setting of the children's filter. To make sure you don't miss anything, we've listed everything you need to know about this.

This article will show you:

What should I pay attention to when setting up a child filter?

With both iOS and Android it is important that you first give your child their own profile. You cannot shield the content without your own profile. With both operating systems, a child profile hangs under the profile of the parent. The parent thus remains in control.

After creating your own profile for the child, you can adjust other settings.

Set filter for child on an Apple device

For children, you can set up a child filter at Apple by first creating an account for your child - a so-called Apple ID. After that you can set up “Family Sharing” and your child can go under his or her own account safe use the devices of the family.

Set filter for child on an Apple device

If your child is younger than 13 years old, he or she may not yet have his or her own account. In that case, the parent can create an additional account that then falls under the parent's account.

At Apple you can create an Apple ID in various ways and also change settings. You can do this on an iOS device (for example on an iPad), via iTunes of on a Mac.

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For convenience, we focus here on creating and setting up an Apple ID and parent filter via an iOS device.

Create an Apple ID for a child via an iOS device

  1. Go to Settings> [your name]> Family Sharing> Add Family Member> Create Child Account> Next. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings> iCloud> Family.
  2. Enter the date of birth of the child and tap 'Next'.
  3. Read the privacy policy for parents and tap 'Agree'.
  4. Enter the requested information for your payment method and tap 'Next'. If you haven't set up a payment method, you'll need to add one.
  5. Enter the child's name, tap 'Next', create the child's Apple ID ([email protected]) and tap 'Next'. Tap Create.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to set a password.
  7. Turn on Ask to Buy to make sure your child can only make purchases from iTunes, Apple Books, and the App Store with your approval. You are liable for all costs incurred for your account. Tap 'Next'.
  8. Read the terms and conditions and tap 'Agree'.

Set restrictions for your child

Now that your child has their own Apple ID account, you can set the following restrictions:

Restrict access to web content

Certainly an important part of making your tablet child proof!

  1. Go to Settings> Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions and enter the Screen Time passcode.
  3. Tap Content Restrictions, then tap Web Content.
  4. Choose 'Unlimited Access', 'Restrict Explicit Websites' or 'Allowed Websites Only'.

Prevent access to material with explicit content and certain age ratings

This allows you to limit material, such as movies, TV shows, books and apps, with an age rating. You can also hide certain music, podcasts, or news with explicit content and prevent others from seeing what you are listening to.

  1. Go to 'Settings' and tap 'Screen Time'.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, then tap Content Restrictions.
  3. Choose the settings you want for each feature or setting under 'Allowed Content from Store'.

Material and privacy settings

  1. Go to 'Settings' and tap 'Screen Time'.
  2. Tap "Continue" and choose "This is my [device]" or "This is my child's [device]."
  3. If you're a parent or guardian and want to prevent another family member from changing settings, tap Use Screen Time Passcode to create a passcode. Then re-enter the passcode for confirmation.
  4. If you set Screen Time on your child's device, follow the prompts until you reach Parental Passcode. Enter an access code here. Enter the passcode again to confirm.
  5. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. Enter the passcode if prompted and turn on Content and Privacy.

Prevent purchases from iTunes store and App store

  1. Go to 'Settings' and tap 'Screen Time'.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. Enter the passcode if prompted.
  3. Tap iTunes Store & App Store.
  4. Choose an option and set it to 'Do not allow'.

Allow built-in apps and functions (allows you to hide certain apps)

  1. Go to Settings> Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Enter the passcode for 'Screen Time'.
  4. Tap on 'Allowed apps'.
  5. Select the apps you want to allow.

Restrict web searches with Siri

  1. Go to 'Settings' and tap 'Screen Time'.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, then tap Content Restrictions.
  3. Scroll down to Siri and choose the settings you want.

Restrict Game Center Features

  1. Go to 'Settings' and tap 'Screen Time'.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, then tap Content Restrictions.
  3. Scroll down to Game Center and choose the settings you want.

Allow changes to privacy settings

  1. Go to 'Settings' and tap 'Screen Time'.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  3. Tap on 'Privacy' and then choose the settings you want to restrict.

Allow changes to other functions and settings

  1. Go to 'Settings' and tap 'Screen Time'.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  3. Under 'Allow changes', select the functions or settings that can or cannot be changed and choose 'Allow' or 'Do not allow'.

By default, “Ask to Buy” is enabled on accounts of children under 13. Click here you can read more about setting up iOS devices.

Set filter for child on Android

The town of Google Play you can download and manage the apps for Android. Google Play is the place to be if you want the children's institutions wants to manage.

 

A child's Google account is managed with Family Link. To manage this, you must first create an account for your child.

Create a Google account for your child on an Android device

Before creating an account, you must choose one of the following four options:

1. On a new device with Android 5.1+ and your child is under 13 years old

Then follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the new device and follow the onscreen instructions to set up the device.
  2. When prompted to sign in with your Google account, tap Create new account. If you don't see 'Create new account', tap More options first.
  3. Enter your child's name, date of birth, gender, email address and password.
  4. Follow the instructions to sign in with your own Google account, give parental consent, and choose the settings for your child.

2. On a device that is already set up with Android 5.1+ and your child is under 13 years old

Then follow these steps:

  1. Delete all existing accounts on the device.
  2. Delete any apps, photos or other data from the device that you don't want your child to have access to.
  3. Follow the steps to add a new account to the device.
  4. When prompted to sign in with your Google account, tap Create new account. If you don't see 'Create new account', tap More options first.
  5. Enter your child's name, date of birth, gender, email address and password.
  6. Follow the instructions to sign in with your own Google account, give parental consent, and choose the settings for your child.

3. Via the Family Link app

Then follow these steps:

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link. If you don't have the Family Link app yet, go to the Family Link Setup page to download the app.
  2. At the top right, tap Create +.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to create the account.
  4. When you're done, a confirmation will be displayed on the screen.

4. On another device or computer

Then follow these steps:

  1. Go to the page where you can create a Google account.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions to create the account for your child. You provide information such as the name of your child, the desired e-mail address and the date of birth of your child.
  3. Sign in with your own Google account and choose a way to give parental consent to your child's account.
  4. When you have successfully created the account, a confirmation will be displayed on the screen.

Now that your child has their own Google account, you can set the following restrictions

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child's name.
  3. Go to the Settings card and tap Manage settings and then Monitoring options on Google Play.
  4. Tap the type of content you want to filter.
  5. Choose how you want to filter or restrict access. You now supervise:
    1. Apps and games
    2. Movie
    3. TV
    4. Books
    5. Theme song

For searching for apps, games, movies, books and music with the right content

Open the Play Store app and select for:

Click here you can read more about setting up Android devices.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.