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iOS 12 Parental Controls: The Best iOS Ever for Parents with Teen Kids

By Zack Morris | Sep 29, 2018 04:53 pm

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Does your kid own an iOS device? Have you upgraded it to iOS 12? If your answer is a “No” it’s time you upgrade the device. iOS 12 comes with the best parental controls. You need to control how your kid is using their device. The fact that your kid has an iOS device means that they can access the internet, play games, and use Instant messaging apps for chatting. What if your kid is accessing pornography on the internet? What if instead of doing anything useful with their time, your kid is only focusing on accumulating useless points in a useless game? What if sex offenders and cyber bullies have already found their way into your kid's instant messaging applications.

iOS 12 parental controls will allow you to keep your kid's iOS device usage straight and risk free. In this article, we will focus on iOS 12 and how it can be helpful to you as a parent. Before we look at the features offered by iOS 12 parental controls, let's see the special features which iOS 12, in general, has to offer.

Part 1: What's Special About iOS 12?

The Group FaceTime

You probably have had something important to tell all your friends via FaceTime before. It was annoying to call them one by one. If it were possible, you would have wanted to tell all your friends the news at once. With iOS 12, group FaceTime is now a reality. You can FaceTime Bob, James, Marie, and anyone else you want together. The group FaceTime can accommodate up to 32 people.

Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions

In iOS 12, Siri, the Apple Artificial Intelligence, has been made even better. You can easily add Siri shortcuts. These will make it quicker and simpler to use Siri to accomplish different tasks. On top of the Siri shortcuts, the A.I. has the ability to adapt to behavioral patterns. This makes Siri much better at offering suggestions

Data Use Information

Some apps use more data than others. This can be annoying. Apple has added a feature on iOS 12 that lets you locate the data guzzlers. You can check the data usage on your iOS device by opening Settings and Clicking Cellular.

Location Data Sharing with Responders and 911

Emergencies do happen all the time. iOS 12 has a new feature that will make it much easier for other iPhone users to locate you. The feature will provide details of your location to the first responders when you dial 911.

Improved Face ID

On iOS 12, you will get to add 2 different Face ID profiles. You can use both of these to unlock your device and also complete any secure tasks you would like to complete. In iOS 12, it is also much easier to rescan your face if the Face ID did not recognize you for the first time.

Improved Photo App

In iOS 12, the Photo app does have Search Suggestions. This will highlight your photos based on key categories and events. The Photo App has a "For You" tab that will provide featured photos.

Do Not Disturb

With the Do Not Disturb feature, you won't have to wake up and find a ton of notifications on your lock screen. The notifications will remain hidden until you toggle of the Do Not Disturb. You can set a time when you would like the Do Not Disturb feature to turn itself off automatically.

Grouped Notifications

Instead of displaying a huge list of notifications, iOS 12 will group your notifications. They will be grouped in terms of the app, thread, and even topic. You can easily stop apps from sending you notifications.

Part 2: How Do Parents Make Better Use of iOS 12 for Parental Controls?

The new iOS features we have listed above are not exhaustive. iOS 12 has much more features than you can think. Some of the extra features help in making sure that your kids are using their devices correctly. The iOS 12 parental controls have a lot to offer. Below are some of the features present in iOS 12 parental controls:

Screen Time

Sometimes, your teenager will wake up with red eyes suggesting that he or she experiences a bad night of sleep. However, the kid will say that he/she spent the whole night sleeping. With the new Screen Time feature, your kid will never have a chance to lie to you about the time they spent on their iPhone. The Screen Time feature will show you how the kid has been using the device in the past 24 hours. You can also check the usage data for the past 7 days. To access Screen Time:

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Tap Screen Time.

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App Limits

Maybe you have noticed that your kid spends too much time playing games on his or her iOS device. You can add app limits. When the kid exceeds the limit, he or she will not have the ability to use the app. To access the App Limit option, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open Settings and select Screen Time.

Step 2: Choose an app and then tap Add Limit. Choose the time you would like to allocate to the app.

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Downtime

You can set a specific time when you would like the device to lock itself down. Maybe you want the kid to use his sleep time to sleep. The Downtime will restrict access to most apps on the device. To set Downtime:

Step 1: Open Settings and Select Screen Time.

Step 2: Tap Downtime. Toggle on the feature.

Step 3: Set the Start and End time.

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Content and Privacy Restrictions

You can use the content and privacy restrictions to control this content that you may not want your kid to access. Select what the kid can or cannot access through ratings. To access the Content and Privacy Restrictions:

Step 1: Open Settings and tap Screen Time.

Step 2: Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.

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Set Up iOS 12 Parental Controls

Now that you already know the iOS 12 parental controls features, we need to show you how to set up the controls as a parent. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Launch Settings and tap Screen Time on the kid's device running iOS 12.

Step 2: When you launch Screen Time for the first time, you should see the option "Set up as Parent". Tap the option.

Step 3: You will need to create a passcode after setting up Downtime, Content & Privacy, and App Limits.  

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Part 3: Do Better Parental Controls with the Best Parental Controls Tool

While iOS 12 parental controls are great, they may not achieve the kind of control a parent would want. To get better control, you can use a third-party tool. The third-party tool should be able to work remotely so as to keep your tracking private. Such a tool is available. It is called MoniMaster.

MoniMaster Parental Control, previously named Spymer, will allow you to monitor all iOS devices. You can use it to monitor your kid's browsing history, more than 17 applications, the kid's location, the frequently contacted list, and much more. The good thing about using MoniMaster is that you do not have to pay for it before you are sure it works. It is available as a FREE trial version for use on both Mac and Windows PC.

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Summary

As a parent, you need to take advantage of the iOS 12 parental controls. If your kid's iOS device is not running iOS 12, you need to upgrade it. While the features of iOS 12 parental controls are useful, their capabilities are still limited. You can use a tool like MoniMaster to check what your kid is doing with his or her iPhone without installing the tool on the kid's device.

Note: The tools introduced in this post shall be used only with the aim of parental control. Please read the End User License Agreement (EULA) carefully before downloading or installing the software. MoniMaster takes no responsibility for any illegal use of this tool.