Parental Control Guide

8 steps to set up a Restricted Profile for your child on Android.

  1. Open the Settings screen : The quickest way to do this is to swipe down with two fingers from the top navigation bar and tap the gear icon.

  2. Tap Users.

  3. Tap Add user or profile.

  4. Tap Restricted profile.

  5. Tap the settings gear icon next to the new profile.

  6. Tap the new profile and give it a name. Hit OK to continue.

  7. Toggle on the apps you wish to allow your child to use. By default, most apps are off, except for some core apps like Camera, Chrome, and Calculator. If an app isn't toggled on, your child won't even see it on the tablet.

  8. Tap the back arrow to go back to the profiles list and select the new restricted profile you set up. This will switch the user from your account to the new profile and finish setting it up.

3 steps to Restricted Apps for your child on iPhone.

  1. Turn on Restrictions : Tap Settings > General > Restrictions.

  2. Scroll down and tap Restrictions, then tap Enable Restrictions.

  3. Create a Restrictions passcode. You need your Restrictions passcode to change your settings or to turn off Restrictions.

Change your Restrictions passcode.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions.

  2. Enter your current Restrictions passcode.

  3. Tap Disable Restrictions, then enter your Restrictions passcode again.

  4. Tap Enable Restrictions, then enter a new Restrictions passcode.

16 steps to set Up a Restricted Profile for your child in Windows Desktop.

In order to apply Windows 10 parental controls, you’ll need to add a “child account” to your own through the Windows Settings menu. Once their account is set up, you’ll be able to set limitations and content controls through your Microsoft account.

  1. Open up your Windows Settings menu and select Accounts

  2. Select Family & Other People from the left sidebar menu.

  3. Under Your Family , click on Add a Family Member.

  4. “Add a Child" is selected by default. Enter the email address of their Microsoft Account below if you have it. (Remember that you’ll need access to their email to confirm they are your child.) If your child already has a Microsoft account, click through the remainder of this dialog and skip to Step 11. If not, click “The person I want to add doesn’t have an email address” and we’ll walk you through creating one for them.

  5. If you need to create a Microsoft Account, fill in your child’s email address (or one you create for this purpose) and demographic information here. Write down the password you choose for them and keep it safe, in case you need to modify their account settings later.

  6. Uncheck these two boxes before continuing, to minimize junk mail.

  7. You’ll have to sign in here with your own Microsoft password in order to confirm it’s you. This is to prevent unauthorized users (or curious toddlers) from making account changes if you’ve left your system unattended.

  8. Confirm that your child can use this account to access online services, such as Xbox Live, the Windows Store, and other internet-based Microsoft sites. You’ll need to agree in order to apply Windows 10 parental controls to these services.

  9. Here, you’ll need to consent to allow your child to use non-Microsoft applications and games before completing the process with a $0.50 charge to an adult’s credit card for validation.This is mandated by the Child’s Online Privacy Protection Act and unfortunately not optional. Microsoft donates this fee to charity.

  10. Once you’ve completed the account set up process, you should see this confirmation dialog.

  11. Finally, open up your child’s email account. If you're setting up their Microsoft account for the first time, you’ll find two confirmation requests from Microsoft waiting for their attention – one to verify their email address and one accept parental supervision of their account.

    If they already have a Microsoft account, you should only see the second email.

    Complete the email verification first, if required, then accept parental supervision by clicking the blue button in this email:

    (You may need to log out of your own Microsoft Account first, to avoid confusing your web browser.)


    To get started, head back to your Accounts menu under Settings. Under Family & Other People, you’ll see your child’s account and a new option to Manage Family Settings Online.

  13. Click ‘Manage Family Settings Online’ to open the Microsoft Family parental control page in your web browser.

    If your child’s account was set up successfully, your parental control page should look like this, with an entry for each child under your supervision:

    The menu options on the right are where you can monitor each child’s activity and set parental control limits. To get you started, let’s take a look at the three most important control areas: Web Browsing, Apps, Games, & Media, and Screen Time.


    By default, Windows will block search results and filter websites known to contain potentially inappropriate content. However, there are a few weaknesses to web filter-based approaches, like the one Microsoft uses here to screen mature content. A website that hasn’t yet been added to their ‘adult content’ blacklist will still be accessible to your child, as will user generated content (such as comments or social media posts) on otherwise ‘safe’ sites.

    Additionally, Microsoft's web filters only work on Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Windows Parental Controls block the use of any non-Microsoft browser by default, but this is less than ideal – computer security professionals routinely rate Internet Explorer as the least secure of the six most common web browsers.

    The good news is, Net Nanny’s parental control software can enhance your digital protection by going one step further. Net Nanny can:

    • Block inappropriate content on all browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari – which the native controls for Windows 10 does not offer.
    • Offers category blocking (i.e. suicide, drugs, pornography) that goes beyond Windows 10’s filter of only blocking mature websites.
    • Reviews website content on-the-fly by evaluating every time a page loads.
    • Reviews content in context to allow or block relevant content.
    • Alerts parents via email immediately if blocked websites are attempted.


    By default, no child is allowed to use their Microsoft account to download adult games or movies. With Windows 10 parental controls, you can fine-tune which content is available through the Windows and Xbox stores by specifying an age range for your child's account. (This is set to your child's calendar age by default, but can be adjusted as you think best.)

    Only material rated as appropriate for that age range will be available for download.


    Finally, even appropriate computer use should be subject to healthy boundaries. Windows 10 parental controls allow you to set appropriate access schedules and limit total use for each day of the week.

    Each day has two options: a total time limit and access schedule.

    • Time limits can set from zero to twelve hours in half-hour increments. There is no limitation on total access time by default.
    • The default access schedule is between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. Clicking on the blue bar will allow you to set one or more custom access schedules per day.

    If your child needs to use their devices outside the screen time limits you set, they have the option to request additional time. You will receive an email with the option to approve or deny their request. Keep in mind, Net Nanny screen time limits are also available for all of your devices, including iOS and Android.

14 steps to set Up a Restricted Profile for your child on Mac.

How to create a new user account with parental controls on the Mac

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the far left corner of your Mac's screen.

  2. Select System Preferences from the dropdown menu.

  3. Click on Parental Controls.

  4. Select Create a new account with parental controls.

  5. Click on Continue.

  6. Enter your administrative username and password.

  7. Click unlock.

  8. When the new user account window appears, select an age group.

  9. Enter the name of the child that will be using the new account.

  10. Enter a username for the account.

  11. Create a password for the account.

  12. Verify the password.

  13. Add a password hint in case you forget it (remember, you won't use this password as often as your child, since it is not going to be your main account).

  14. Click on Create User to create a new account.

    Repeat this process for each child you would like to create a separate account for. When you create a new log in account, you will be asked to follow the steps to signing into iCloud. If your child does not have his or her own iCloud account, you can skip this process.