Topic Safe Browsing

How to Block Websites on iPhone or iPad in Safari Browser

While browsing the internet on your iPhone or iPad, how often do you inadvertently end up on a webpage full of inappropriate content?  

 

It happens more often than you’d like it to. But what if it wasn’t you browsing but your kid?

 

In a recent survey of US parents, 75% of respondents said they check the websites or apps their child visits. In this digital age, the prevalence of inappropriate or suspicious content means we need to take care to monitor their behaviour. The good news is that protecting your kids from this kind of content gets easier when you know how to block websites in Safari on iPhone and iPad.  

 

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Here’s how to add Clario’s protection to your online activity:

  1. Download Clario to your device.
  2. Create an account.
  3. Only switch on the features you want or activate them all to enjoy complete protection.

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In this article, we’ll cover the different ways you can protect your kids from seeing inappropriate or specific content on an iPhone or iPad.

How to block inappropriate websites on an iPhone

An iPhone is a great way to keep in touch with your kids and let them explore the internet. However, with this freedom comes great responsibility for us as parents.  

 

Luckily, Apple offers built-in parental control features that let you protect kids from seeing any inappropriate content. 

Restrict adult content

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Screen Time and then Turn on Screen Time.
  3. If this is your phone but your child uses it from time to time, choose This is My iPhone. If this is your child’s phone, tap This is My Child’s iPhone.
  4. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  5. Tap the toggle bar next to Content & Privacy Restrictions. You’ll see it turn from gray to green. Green shows that this feature is active.
  6. Tap Content Restrictions, then Web Content.
  7. Tap Limit Adult Websites to activate adult content blocking.

That’s it! Apple’s operating system will now automatically scan websites and prevent access to sites with adult content.

Restrict explicit content

You can also block music, movies, and TV shows with explicit content or special ratings on an iPhone.  

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Go to Screen Time.
  3. Tap on Content Privacy & Restrictions and Content Restrictions. This screen shows you multiple options for restricting content.
  • Tap Music, Podcasts, News & Workouts and choose Clean. This means you exclude explicit content.
  • Tap Movies to choose the ratings you want to allow for movies. When you’re done, go back to Content Restrictions and do the same for TV Shows.
  • Tap Books and then Clean to exclude books with explicit language.
  • Tap Apps and choose the age category for the apps you want to allow. You can also choose Don’t Allow Apps. This will stop the downloading of any apps.

How to block specific websites on an iPhone or iPad

There may be internet resources that aren’t considered inappropriate but are unsuitable for you and your family.  

Block a specific website

If you want to block a particular website, navigate to your Content Restrictions settings by following the first three steps above, then do this:

  1. Tap Web Content.
  2. Tap Limit Adult Websites. When this option is checked, below you’ll see the NEVER ALLOW section.
  3. Tap Add Website under NEVER ALLOW.
  4. Type in the website address and tap Done when you’re finished.

This will prevent your child from accessing both adult content and the website you added.

Restrict browsing to a list of websites

Instead of specifying websites, you want to block, sometimes it’s easier to create a list of those you want to be available. Navigate to your Content Restrictions settings, then do this:

  1. Tap Web Content.
  2. Tap Allowed Websites Only. When this option is checked, you’ll see the ONLY ALLOW THESE WEBSITES section. It will show some default websites added by the system. You can remove any website by swiping left and tapping Delete.
  3. Tap Add Website to add the address of a website you want to allow, then tap Done when you’re finished.

Now your child will only be able to access the websites in this list.  

How to use parental controls with Safari

Apple’s parental control features let you restrict inappropriate content, games, and apps, and even prevent unsuitable App Store purchases.  

 

Before you begin with configurations, you’ll need to set up a Screen Time Passcode to prevent your kids from changing your restriction settings. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap your child’s name.
  4. Tap Change Screen Time Passcode. You’ll be prompted to authenticate the change with your Face ID, Touch ID, or device passcode. Make sure your Screen Time Passcode is different from your device passcode!

Now your kids won’t be able to change your website access restrictions without entering the passcode.  

 

Let's see how you can use parental control tools to prevent your kids from using social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  

How to block Facebook on iPhone or iPad

Blocking Facebook on iOS is done by preventing Facebook app download and browser access. If you already have the Facebook app on your device, you’ll need to delete it first.  

 

After you’ve deleted the Facebook app, follow these steps:  

  1. Go to Content Restrictions.
  2. Tap on the Apps section.
  3. Choose Don’t Allow Apps. This will prevent your child from downloading any new apps, including Facebook.
  4. Return to Content Restrictions and tap Web Content.
  5. Choose Limit Adult Websites. Now you can add www.facebook.com to NEVER ALLOW. This will prevent your kid from using Facebook from a Safari browser.

How to block Instagram on iPhone or iPad

To begin, delete the Instagram app if you already have it.  

  1. Restrict downloading Apps on iPhone first. So go to the Apps section in Content Restrictions and choose Don’t Allow Apps.
  2. Go back to Content Restrictions and tap Web Content.
  3. Tap Limit Adult Websites.
  4. Add www.instagram.com to the NEVER ALLOW section and tap Done. This will prevent your kid from accessing Instagram through a web browser.

How to block YouTube on iPhone

Your kid can use YouTube from two places: an app and a browser. Here’s how to prevent your child from watching inappropriate YouTube content:

  1. Delete the YouTube app if you already have it.
  2. Tap on Content Restrictions.
  3. Tap on the Apps section
  4. Choose Don’t Allow Apps to prevent your child from downloading apps including YouTube.
  5. To prevent access to the YouTube website, go to Content Restrictions and proceed to Web Content.
  6. Tap Limit Adult Websites.
  7. Add www.youtube.com to the NEVER ALLOW section and tap Done.

Are parental controls enough to protect your kids?

Unfortunately, inappropriate content isn’t the only threat to your kids’ online safety. Recurrent pop-up ads that your kids can easily tap on by mistake can also be malicious.  

 

This means that clicking on the ad could potentially lead you to download a virus to your device or put yourself at risk of a phishing attack. What’s more, the ad itself can contain explicit content, and none of Apple’s parental control features can block this. That’s why you need a tool to block ads.  

 

Clario’s mobile security solution includes instant ad blocking for your iPhone. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download Clario to your device.
  2. Create an account and log into the app.
  3. Tap the Browsing icon.
  4. Tap the slider in the Ad Blocker section and follow the instructions to enable ad blocking for Safari on your device.

That’s it! The ad blocker is up and running.

How to disable website restrictions in iOS

If you no longer need the restrictions you’ve previously set up on your mobile device, you can switch them off all at once. See how to disable website restrictions on iOS:  

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Screen Time.
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. If you’ve set up a Screen Time Passcode, you’ll need to enter it here.
  4. Tap the slider next to Content & Privacy Restrictions at the top. It will turn gray to show that you’ve turned off restrictions on your device.

And you’re done! Now you can access all websites and apps on your device.  

 

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The internet can be fun and educational, but it can also be dangerous and a source of inappropriate content. That doesn’t mean you should stop your kids going online altogether. With the right settings and an ad blocker from a tool like Clario, everyone can stay safe and still enjoy browsing.  

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