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Parental Lockdown: Set Up Parent Controls on Tablet for Metered Playtime

Parent Controls on Tablet

There’s no escaping the digital world these days. Whether we like it or not, our children will grow up immersed in digital media.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are apps and wholesome shows that can keep a kid entertained and give you a moment’s peace. Some are even great learning tools.

However, too much media can have negative effects on healthy development. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we place limits on the time spent and on the type of media that they have access to. Parent controls on tablet settings also protect our children from online predators and adult content.

Our kids need and expect us to set limits.

If you’re not tech-savvy or are afraid of fiddling with the settings, don’t worry. Read on to learn how to set up parental controls on your Android devices.

How to Set up Parent Controls on Tablet and Smartphones Running Android

We’re gonna focus our discussion on how to enable the parental control feature on Android. For Apple devices, you can learn how to set up restrictions by visiting support.apple.com.

There are two ways to control your kids’ media time without downloading any external app. You could either activate parental controls in the Google Play Store or create a restricted profile for your kids in the Settings menu.

1. Turning On Parental Control on Google Play Store

The Play Store app has a built-in Parental Controls option in the settings. All you have to do is launch Play Store, tap the three-lined menu button, click on Settings, and then slide Parental Controls to ‘on.’

When you turn on parental controls, the app will prompt you to create a secure pin. The user is required to provide this pin every time the settings are changed.

After that step, you’ll be able to set content restrictions for Apps & Games, Films, TV, Books, and Music.

If you click on a category, you can choose a restriction level for downloads. For example, if you tap on Films, you’ll see a list of your region’s standard movie ratings like G for General Audience or PG for Parental Guidance. Your kid won’t be able to download or view any content that is rated higher than the setting you selected.

Under the Parental Controls option, you’ll find “Require authentication for purchases.” Enable this to avoid getting shocked by a hefty bill due to unwanted content purchases.

2. Creating a Restricted User Profile

Creating a new profile for your child is simple. Just click on Settings (gear icon), tap on Users, click Add user or profile, then choose Restricted Profile. This will create a new profile that you have to name.

Under the new profile, you’ll see a list of currently available functions and apps. You can now toggle to ‘on’ only the apps that you want to allow. Turn off the rest that you don’t want your kid to tamper with.

Providing a Safe Digital Environment for Our Children

Activating parent controls on tablet settings is one of the ways to keep our kids safe from the dark side of the online world. However, remember that there’s no settings substitute for watching over them while they’re using your android device.

A tablet or smartphone isn’t the only way to keep the children happy and entertained. Check out the fun summer activities that your kids will enjoy in this article.