6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 20, 2013 3:19 AM by bobfrommiami
trishks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

For example, I wish to set some parental controls on my home network so that when my children log into their iPods or PC's or iPads that they are restricted from accessing certain content ?

 

Can this be done by setting a parental control on the main computer only or does it need to be done on every device, or with my ISP

 

Thanks


iMac, iOS 6.0.2
  • 1. Re: Hi Is this parental control specific to a computer only ??
    Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,790 points)

    The parental controls are per-account (and has nothing to do with your ISP).

     

    If you have individual accounts on each machine, then the parental accounts are, by extension, per machine.

     

    If you have one server acting as a directory server, where all the accounts are created and the other machines authenticate against it, then setting the controls on the server will automatically propogate to the individual machines.

     

    So the answer to your quesiton is: yes. It just depends on how you're setup.

  • 2. Re: Hi Is this parental control specific to a computer only ??
    trishks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok when you say "Account" do you mean Apple Account ??  So, since my childrens Apple devices are linked to my husbands account, are you saying that he could activate the parental controls on his account and this would then apply to each device connected to his account ??  Thanks

  • 3. Re: Hi Is this parental control specific to a computer only ??
    trishks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok when you say "Account" do you mean Apple Account ??  So, since my childrens Apple devices are linked to my husbands account, are you saying that he could activate the parental controls on his account and this would then apply to each device connected to his account ??  Thanks and sorry if this is replying to you twice.  Im just learning !

  • 4. Re: Hi Is this parental control specific to a computer only ??
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    That would be the user account on the computer. Parental controls have no connection with an Apple ID or iTuens Store account.

     

    There is no way to globally manage parental controls on all devices. Parental controls on the Mac are completely separate from controls on an iOS device. For a Mac, you set the parental controls for the user's account in Mac OS X (in the System Preferences) or, as Camelot indicated, on a Mac OS X Server, something few home users have or are willing to set up.

     

    For an iOS device, you would set up the controls on each device individuall unless you want to obtain and learn a mobile device management system such as Apple Configurator, JAMF's Casper, or another such solution. For most home users it's easist just to set up the iOS devices separately.

     

    Regards.

  • 5. Re: Hi Is this parental control specific to a computer only ??
    Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,790 points)

    No, I'm not referring to your AppleID account, but the individual users' accounts on the computer itself - I'm assuming that each of you, your husband and kids have their own username/password combinations to log into the machine... those are the accounts that I'm referring to, since the Parental Controls will apply to the specific username/password used to log into the machine.

     

    If you don't have individual accounts setup then whatever controls you set will apply to everyone, including yourself.

  • 6. Re: Hi Is this parental control specific to a computer only ??
    bobfrommiami Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    There are some "multi-user" child safe browsers that help with this - you create an account for each user on the browser for the iPad/iPod/iPhone, and set the filtering settings for each.  One such browser is FREE McGruff SafeGuard Childsafe Browser - at the iTunes store, or at gomcgruff.com/browser