How do I give my child access to only apps that I approve of?

Pinning an App (Android)

There are a few ways to give your child access to only the apps that you’d like them to have. If you have an Android there’s 2 ways, by pinning an app or using a Parental Control App (see examples at the end of the blog). By pinning an app, you’ll allow your child to have access to the app of your choice. See the images below for a walkthrough on how to enable “pinning windows” or “pinning an app” on an android phone.

 

The example is used from a Note 10+, if this isn’t similar to your phone/tablet, you can also google how to pin an app for your particular android phone/tablet.

Guided Access (IOS)

When using an iPhone or iPad, you can use the Guided Access feature or using a Parental Control App (see examples at the end of the blog). The Guided Access feature, like pinning an app, gives the child access to the app of your choice. See the images below for a walkthrough on how to enable Guided Access on an iPhone/iPad. There are additional features that come with Guided Access on IOS like Screen Time limit, Motion Lock, access to other controls (Volume, Top Button, Motion, Touch, & Keyboard).

 

The example is used from an iPad Pro, this should be the same process for iPads/iPhones with IOS 6 and newer.

Parental Control Apps (For Android & IOS)

There are also Parental Control Apps that allow App Monitoring, App Blocking, and more. These are usually paid versions, if you’re able to find a free one, typically they’ll have ads. It’s important to be cautious of ads on “kid apps” because many ads can be adult related. Here are some Parental Control Apps that are available on Android and IOS:

FamiSafe by Wondershare

famisafe.wondershare.com

Features

  • Activity Report
  • Web Content (Block, view deleted browsers, add exceptions for some special websites).
  • App Usage & Blocker
  • Parental Alerts
  • Screen Time
  • Family Locator

Ourpact

www.ourpact.com

Features

  • Screen Time
  • Block Websites and Apps
  • Family Locator
  • Block Texting
  • Web Filter
  • View Activity
  • App Regulating

Screen Time

www.screentimelabs.com

Features

  • Screen Time
  • Schedules
  • Instant Pause
  • Homework & Tasks
  • Free Play
  • App Approval & Usage
  • Web History
  • Web Filtering
  • Family Locator
  • Geo-Trips
  • Geo-Fencing

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