How To Set Up Samsung Galaxy S10 Parental Controls

The Galaxy S10 is part of Samsung's incredibly popular Galaxy series of smartphone devices and has co-existed with the Galaxy Note line in Samsung’s flagship series of smartphones. Like all smartphones that run on the Android operating system, the Galaxy S10 does not have any specific parental control settings, but it does have restriction settings that can reduce your child's exposure to adult content (either through applications on the internet).

Since the Galaxy S10 does not have built-in parental control settings, some parents download third-party applications, which can provide a safer environment for their children. Luckily, the restriction settings will help some, and they are extremely easy to set up.


How To Set Up Google Family Link

Google Family Link is an app that allows parents to view their child’s smartphone activity, manage the apps they can use and download, set screen time limits, lock their device, and even track their location.

Family Link does not block inappropriate content, but some apps have their own filtering options. Google apps, such as Search and Chrome, have filtering options that you can find in Family Link. For parents of teens 13 and older, Restricted Mode on YouTube is an optional setting that can be used to help filter out mature content. However, Google notes that these filters are not perfect, so explicit, graphic, or other content you may not want your child to see makes it through sometimes.

Kids and teens that use Android devices running version 7.0 or higher can use Family Link. Some devices running Android versions 5.0 and 6.0 may be able to run Family Link. Parents can use Family Link on any Android devices running versions 4.4 and higher as well as iPhones running iOS9 and higher.

Family Link also runs on Chromebook. With the Family Link app, you can choose what websites your child can access using Chrome, supervise your child’s app usage, and more. Family Link can be used with Chromebooks running Chrome OS versions 71 or higher.

Click here to learn how to set up Google Family Link.


Set Up a Passcode on the Device

It's crucial that you set up a passcode on your child's device. Not only will it prevent the device from being accessed by anyone other than you and your child, but it will also prevent your child's information from being accessed in the event that the device is stolen.

  1. From the Home screen, touch and swipe up to display all apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Lock Screen and security.
  4. Tap Screen Lock Type.
  5. Tap either A) Pin, B) Pattern, or C) Password.
What's the Difference Between Pin, Password, and Pattern?

  • Pin lock requires you to input a 4-16 digits.
  • Password lock requires you to input a combination of numbers and letters.
  • Pattern lock requires you to draw a pattern by connecting dots on the screen.

After you have entered either a password, pin, or pattern, tap CONTINUE, re-enter the password, and tap DONE.


Restrict Data Usage

Turn off mobile data and WiFi

By disabling both Wi-Fi and mobile data, you can prevent your child from accessing the internet or downloading apps.

  1. From the Home screen, touch and swipe up to display all apps.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Tap Connections.
  4. Tap Wi-Fi.
  5. Toggle Wi-Fi Off.
  6. Tap OK.
  7. Go back to Settings.
  8. Tap Connections.
  9. Tap Data Usage.
  10. Toggle the Mobile data switch to OFF.
  11. If prompted, tap TURN OFF to confirm.

Only use Wi-Fi

If you turn mobile data off but leave Wi-Fi on, you will restrict your child from using the internet unless they are around an open Wi-Fi signal.

  1. From the Home screen, touch and swipe up to display all apps.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Tap Connections.
  4. Tap Data Usage.
  5. Toggle the Mobile data switch to OFF.
  6. If prompted, tap TURN OFF to confirm.

Set up a mobile data limit

  • From the Home screen, touch and swipe up to display all apps.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Connections.
  • Tap Data Usage.
  • From the Mobile section, tap Billing cycle and data warning.
  • Toggle the Limit mobile data usage switch on.
  • If prompted, tap OK to confirm.
  • Tap Data limit.
  • Enter the desired level.
  • Tap Set.

To turn on Data Usage Warnings

  • From the Home screen, touch and swipe up to display all apps.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Connections.
  • Tap Data Usage.
  • From the Mobile section, toggle the Alert me about data usage switch on.
  • Tap Billing cycle and data warning.
  • Tap Set Data warning to turn on.
  • Tap Data warning.
  • Enter the desired level
  • Tap Set.

Parental Controls on the Google Play Store

Google Play parental controls are a great way to help restrict your child's access to mature content.

  1. Open the Play Store app.
  2. Tap the Menu button.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Parental Controls.
  5. Toggle Parental Controls On.
  6. Create a PIN.

Now you can tap Apps & Games, Films, TV, Magazines, or Music. Each of these options will allow you to restrict access to each content type by maturity.

How to Monitor Content

In addition to setting parental controls on your child's device, the next safety layer parents and caregivers should strongly consider is a monitoring solution to assess the content their kids encounter (and produce) across text messages, social media, and email. Bark can do this for you. On Android devices, Bark can monitor text messages (including deleted ones!), photos, videos, web browsing (including Incognito on the Chrome browser/app!), and many installed apps, including Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok (formerly Musical.ly), WhatsApp, and Kik. Bark also monitors your child's Android device location with check-ins. If you'd like to see a detailed list of everything Bark can monitor, click here.

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