How to Block Websites on an iPhone

Regardless of whether your child has their own iPhone, or uses yours on a regular basis, it stands to reason that you want to ensure they remain safe online. Fortunately, this is a straightforward process that can be carried out using the following processes.

Blacklisting Specific Websites

This option will allow for general web browsing, other than the sites you ask to be blocked. This is done by launching the Settings app from the home screen, then tap General, followed by Restrictions.

At this point you may need to Enable Restrictions. If you do, you will be asked to enter a four-digit password that your children won’t be able to work out. You will then need to enter the password again to confirm it.

From here, you then need to click on Websites, Allowed Content and then Limit Adult Content. To add websites, tap on Add a Website beneath the Never Allow tab, then click Done. You will need to repeat this process for each website you want to block. It’s also worth noting that if you’re looking to block specific websites, you will also need to block their mobile counterpart.

For example, if you want to block Facebook, you would need to block both www.facebook.com and m.facebook.com. Although they represent the same site, two different addresses are used, depending on whether the site is accessed by a mobile device or desktop. However, the mobile site could still be accessed via laptop.

Whitelisting Specific Sites

If you’re only looking to allow your child to access specific sites, then you may want to use the whitelisting methods. This blocks any websites other than those listed.

As before, launch the Settings app from the home screen, followed by General and then finally Restrictions. Again, you may need to enable descriptions, so you will enter a four-digit password as before, which will need to be confirmed.

You then need to tap on Websites, and then Specific Websites Only. As with the blacklist method, you will need to enter each website manually.

Are There Any Other Alternatives?

While the aforementioned are the most popular methods of restricting websites, there are other ways of restricting access to websites. However, these can be limited, but may prove to be useful in the correct settings.

If your child only has access to your iPhone via Wi-Fi, then you may want to log into your administrator panel to restrict access. The settings made within the router will apply to all devices, but won’t alter the settings of the device itself. So, if your child was to use the phone when out and about, then the settings wouldn’t apply.

The process of logging into your router can depend on the manufacturer. If you don’t have any instructions to hand, then you should be able to find them quite easily online. If your router was supplied by a broadband provider, then you could contact the company for further assistance.

Child-Friendly Browsers

While third-party browsers can’t eliminate the unsavoury websites from an iPhone altogether, it is an option that’s worth exploring if you just want to ensure that your child doesn’t stray onto the wrong path. If you search the application store, there are many child-safe browsers available, including Mobicip and Surfboard for Kids.

How to Block YouTube Channels

There can be several reasons as to why you may want to block a YouTube channel. For some, it makes for a more pleasant user experience. For others, it could be to safeguard the children in the home. Whatever the reason, it makes sense to find out what options are available, and which is best-suited to your needs.

There are several ways you can look to block certain YouTube channels and videos, depending on the outcome you’re looking for.

There can also be variations depending on the type of browser you use. The following will explore what options are available for blocking YouTube channels, as well as the browser they are associated with.

YouTube

The first port of call for many will be the video platform itself, and there is an option in place that ensures that certain content is restricted. This can be found by clicking on the three dots at the top right-hand side of the screen. These will bring up a series of options, including a Restricted Mode. Simply highlight this and click save, and any content containing adult themes, profane language and violence will be restricted, as will the viewing of some comments.

Google Chrome and Firefox

Both Google Chrome and Firefox are popular web browsers among Internet users as they allow for a truly tailored online experience. Both browsers allow for plugins to be added to restrict certain content. Plugins can be found on the following platforms.

Chrome Web Store Extensions

Firefox Addons

Searching each respective store will give you a series of plugins, depending on the keywords used. One of the more popular choices for blocking YouTube videos is “Video Blocker” which can be found on each respective platform using the following links:

Google Chrome

Firefox

Once the plugin is installed, you can amend the settings to restrict access to certain YouTube channels. While this is a potential fix, there is a drawback in that it only applies to the browser being used. While this is fine for younger children, those who are a bit more tech-savvy may have the hindsight to simply use another browser. As such, it won’t be suitable for everyone.

Cyber Security

Although there are solutions in place for the most part, there will be parents and those within the education sector who are looking for something a little more robust, and can be tailored more in relation to what content is being restricted. Cybersecurity platforms offer more security as they deal with the network, as opposed to specific device or web browser. This means that content can be restricted on several different devices, if they’re all connected to the same network. While there is a cost for using such methods, they do offer a sense of security that really can’t be fulfilled using other methods.

One such example is Family Zone a one-stop shop solution that caters for home networks, as well as more complex setups, like a school network. As well as being able to easily restrict access to YouTube content, it also allows users to restrict the time spent online, as well as disabling features such as the webcam. Usage reports can also be viewed for each person using the Internet with ease.

The Internet can introduce children to a world they never knew about, but like anything, it must be used in the right way. Knowing what options are available allows parents, guardians and those who work in education to ensure that there is a barrier against more mature content, allowing our children to flourish in the right way.