Parental controls for your child's devices

Parental controls for your: child’s devices

Controlling your child’s online access on their own smartphone or tablet can be a worry. Our guide to the settings can help

Parental controls on tablets and smartphones can restrict specific sites and ‘adult content’. Mobile phone companies can filter content rated 18+ at network level. Contact your mobile phone company to check whether this filter is on or off.

Smartphones and tablets

The UK’s main mobile providers (e.g. Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three) automatically block 18+ rated content through the Active Choice network-level filtering system. But this only works if the device is connected via the mobile network, not Wi-Fi.

Your mobile’s operating system may also include safety features and you can set restrictions on the App Store and Google Play.


(e.g. LG, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Amazon)

The Restricted User feature lets you choose which apps and content your child can access, such as the camera and Chrome web browser.

To find out more visit and scroll down to ‘multiple user tips’.

Windows Phone

(e.g. Microsoft Lumia)

The My Family option helps you to manage the apps and games that your child is able to download to their phone. You can also set up Kid’s Corner on your own Windows Phone so that if your child borrows your phone, they can only access age-appropriate content and not get to the rest of your stuff that you want to keep private.

To find out more visit

To set up Kid’s Corner:


(e.g. iPhone and iPad)

You can enable Restrictions on your child’s iPhone or iPad and select ‘on’ or ‘off’ for features such as FaceTime, in-app purchases, and Safari.

To find out more visit

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