How to Use Screen Time Parental Controls to Block Websites on an iPhone or iPad

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If you've set up Screen Time on an iPhone or iPad for your child and have blocked or limited social media and other apps, those apps' services may still be accessible via their URL websites, providing kids with a way to get around your parental controls. Here's how to block a website on Safari, Chrome, or any browser on an iPhone or iPad. Whether it's Facebook, YouTube, or any other website that's too mature for your kids, you'll be able to fully block an app's website and not worry about kids finding a way to use them. This tip can also be used by adults who are trying to limit their own social media use, or don't want adult content unexpectedly popping up on their devices.

Related: Forgot Your Restrictions or Screen Time Passcode? How to Reset It without Restoring Your iPhone

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How to Use Screen Time Settings to Block Websites on an iPhone & iPad

We've written quite a few tips about Screen Time and parental controls on the iPhone and iPad, including how to set up Screen Time restrictions and how to keep apps from being added or deleted. For more great tutorials on how to navigate your iPhone and iPad's Settings, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's go over how to prevent kids from getting around Screen Time parental control restrictions.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Screen Time.

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  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Toggle on Content & Privacy Restrictions at the top of the page, then tap Content Restrictions.

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  5. Tap Web Content.
  6. Tap Limit Adult Websites to automatically block some adult websites, while letting you choose to always allow or never allow certain sites. You can add the URL of the site you want to prevent your child from visiting under Never Allow.

  7. Tap Allowed Websites Only for even greater restrictions. Your child won't be able to visit any sites that aren't on the allowed list.
  8. To add an allowed website, tap Add Website, then type in the title and URL (I suggest using copy and paste).

Now you can limit and allow website access as needed on your child's iOS and iPadOS devices!

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Hallei Halter

Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.