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Question: ios screen time restriction bypass

I have searched this issue and have found nothing on it. My kids have iPads that I have set screen time restrictions. My kids have figured out that they can bypass the time restrictions on safari by going into Settings : Passwords and Accounts : Website & App Passwords. Then select an account that has an incorrect password. There is an option to change the password on the website. They can then browse the web even when screen time is over. For now I just setup a firewall rule in my Sonicwall to block internet access, but I hope Apple can resolve this. Has anyone else seen this?

iPad Pro 9.7-inch WiFi

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Jan 23, 2019 4:57 AM in response to nerdbreath In response to nerdbreath

I’d suggest that you let apple know this work around

Product Feedback - Apple

We’re just users like you here so we can’t fix it, nor can we let them know, but they do read the feedback submissions.

(maybe they should have gotten a group of kids to beta test screen time?? )

In the meantime you may be stuck with the old fashioned ‘dont’ use it right, don’t get to use it at all’ method. Or you could lock safari out totally.

Jan 23, 2019 4:57 AM

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Jan 23, 2019 8:17 AM in response to rbrylawski In response to rbrylawski

And this is why I don't post to forums often. I don't need judgement on my parenting skills. I'm posting information that is technical in nature and wanting feedback on a TECHNICAL issue. Don't respond if you are going to discuss issues that are off topic.

Jan 23, 2019 8:17 AM

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Jan 23, 2019 8:24 AM in response to nerdbreath In response to nerdbreath

The screenshots you posted are from within the Settings app - it's not routing the password change through Safari.

Provide feedback to Apple so they're aware.

Edit: Oh, there's a setting in Screen time that prevents changing account info, perhaps that would do it?

Setting>Screen Time>Content and Privacy restrictions>Allow Changes; set Account Changes to Don't Allow.


Jan 23, 2019 8:24 AM

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Jan 23, 2019 9:31 AM in response to nerdbreath In response to nerdbreath

Since you have some very inventive children I would suggest that you simply use your firewall to block their access to the internet, send apple feedback so they know about the loophole and then proceed as you see fit in controlling people that seem to not want to be controlled. Your firewall may have the ability to block devices via their mac address or some such other thing

We had a local church that used to have open wifi for people to use (they posted the password in the building and let people use it), until the day someone downloaded an illegal download that got the church a nasty gram. all they had to go on was the mac address, so now if you want to use their wifi, you have to let them log your mac address, they will type in the password, and if you do anything illegal they will know who it is.

Your firewall may have settings that allows you to block/allow certain mac addresses, or perhaps you need to invest in a parental control that does the same. Still wont’ address the cause of the issue, individuals that wont’ respect rules and boundaries, but will give you the control you want.

iPads were designed to be devices used by adults as a portable portal to iTunes. They were never designed with children in mind.

Jan 23, 2019 9:31 AM

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Mar 7, 2019 4:10 PM in response to Skydiver119 In response to Skydiver119

There are many loopholes. I don't let my kids delete a apps or make account changes and I more often use my router to block them but if there are any unlocked wifi signals around they can connect to them. I even use Verizon's safe family to turn off data as well so they can't switch to data and get away with it but honestly Apple should have concrete parental controls by now. They are by far the most used device today with the claim of wanting to protect the consumer with all that they do regarding developers etc you'd think this would be easy for them. I do not trust screen time restrictions at all anymore. The icons are not the only way apps are accessible but it's the only method that's blocked....seems like a no brainer. OurPact is an awesome app such cost about 9 bucks a months but it's very versatile and reliable and works across all wifi connections and data alike.

Mar 7, 2019 4:10 PM

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