If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, it’s important that you upgrade to Apple’s latest operating system: iOS 15.
To see which operating system your child’s device is running, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If you are due for an upgrade, you will be prompted to Download and Install the latest software.
Devices Supporting iOS 15
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 Pro
- Phone SE (3rd gen)
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (6th gen)
- iPad (5th gen)
- iPad mini (5th gen)
- iPad Mini 4
- iPad Air (3rd gen)
- iPad Air 2
Getting the Most Out of iOS 15
These step-by-step instructions will guide you through the most important Parental Control features available to you on iOS 15:
- Getting started with Apple Family Sharing
- Setting up Screen Time content and privacy controls
- Taking advantage of the new controls suite
Apple has revamped its permissions settings, which makes it more difficult for companies and developers to track where users are. This is especially relevant to families with children who are active on social media. Prior to this update, photos automatically included metadata that logged where they were taken — a definite safety risk!
Now there’s an option to disable this feature. No one should have access to your kid’s data without your permission, and Apple is helping parents keep better control of who sees it.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Privacy.
- Tap Location Services.
- Tap Camera.
- Under ‘Allow Location Access,’ choose Never.
Apple Family Sharing
In order to utilize Apple’s iOS 15 update to Parental Controls, you’ll need to have a child set up. (If your child is already set up, feel free to skip this step). To do this, you’ll need to enable Family Sharing. You’ll be able to add more than one parent to serve as the privilege holder and have control of these settings from their respective devices — as long as the parent Apple IDs are linked.
If you need to change or update your child’s birthday, you can find instructions at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204164.
Creating your Family Sharing account
Family Sharing allows you to share controls for purchases, storage, locations, calendars, and more with members of your family. Simply select features to share and send invitations. You’ll be able to add up to 6 children with Family Sharing, although you won’t be able to add children that are 18 years or older.
To begin, go into the Settings app on your primary parent device (iPhone or iPad). From there, tap the Apple ID button, and then tap Set up Family Sharing > Get Started. You will then be able to select apps and features to share across your family’s iCloud account.
There are a number of great options to consider, including:
- iTunes and App Store Purchases
- Apple Music
- iCloud Storage
- Location Sharing
- Screen Time
Selecting each of these options will prompt you to tap either Add Child or Create a Child Account.
To add a child, simply enter their Apple ID and Password, and then tap Next. They will then receive an invitation to join the family. As soon as they accept, your family’s settings will apply to their account.
To create a child account, enter their birthday, agree to the Parent Privacy Disclosure, and confirm you are the parent by entering the CCV code found on the back of the credit card registered to your account. You can then enter your child’s name, create an Apple ID, and set a password for them. Your child will automatically be added to your family.
When you’ve finished, you’ll be directed to the control suite for each feature. For the purposes of setting and managing Parental Controls, you should focus on Screen Time.
Screen Time will give you insights about how much time you’re using your device, and you can set limits for managing:
- Downtime & App Limits: Set a schedule for time away from the screen and set daily time limits for app categories you want to manage.
- Content & Privacy Restrictions: Restrict settings for explicit content, purchases and downloads, and privacy.
Click here to learn how to set up Screen Time.