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Posted by Charlotte on 14th December 2011 0 Comments
As school nativity plays and Christingle services are ticked off the list, and office parties provide a little respite from the usual hurly burly, Santa's arrival is just a few days away. With the firstborn putting in a request for an iPod, last week my thoughts suddenly turned to online security.
The opportunity to freely surf anything on the web must be very tempting for a pre-teen; so, just to be a spoilsport parent (and keep my son safe and solvent) I did a little research to find out how to filter content on an iPod. If you're faced with similar challenges, read on!
OK. So my bog standard BT router doesn't support content filtering for my home wifi service. But no matter; you can apply protection settings using the iPod itself, and here's how to do it.
Fire up the iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. In the App Store, search for and download Safe Browser.
Safe Browser, developed by Mobicip, replaces the default Safari browser on the iPod and iPhone. Its parental controls child-proof your gadgets by filtering the web content, making sure it's safe for your children.
Then, in the device, go to Settings/General/Restrictions and set a PIN code to turn off Safari, iTunes and the App Store (to prevent your web-savvy child circumventing Safe Browser by reloading Safari or other browsers).
You can also click on the settings to restrict access to:
Safe access to YouTube is still available via Safe Browser, and you can temporarily re-enable the App Store whenever needed using the passcode that you set on the device. Just remember to lock it again using your PIN code once they have downloaded their new app (this also gives you the benefit of being able to verify their App Store purchases).
Now, I realise that this may seem a little heavy-handed. But if, like me, you can't password-protect your wifi router yet you're not ready for your child to surf the web unsupervised, these controls buy you a little time to monitor their online activity and have those important conversations about web safety.
I hope this has been useful - if you have any comments or questions, please do get in touch. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas.
Ann Grain, Interim Head of Public Affairs, NHS Direct