How to Stop Kids from Accessing Blocked Apps on the Apps' Websites

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If you've set up Screen Time for your child's iOS devices and have blocked or limited social media and other apps, those apps's services may still be accessible via their URL websites, providing kids with a way get around your restrictions. Here's how to limit access to those websites on any browser on an iPhone or iPad so you'll be able to fully block an app's website and not worry about kids finding a way to use them. This tip can also be used by adults who are trying to limit their own social media use.

Related: Forgot Your Restrictions or Screen Time Passcode? How to Reset It without Restoring Your iPhone

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To prevent kids from circumventing Screen Time social media restrictions:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap Screen Time.
  2. Select Content Restrictions.


     
  3. Tap Web Content. Select Limit Adult Websites to automatically block some adult websites, while letting you choose to always allow or never allow certain sites. You can add the URL of the site you want to prevent your child from visiting under Never Allow.


     
  4. Tap Allowed Websites Only for even greater restrictions. Your child won't be able to visit any sites that aren't on the allowed list, though you have the option to allow more websites.
  5. To add an allowed website, just type in the title and URL (I suggest using copy and paste).

Now you can limit and allow website access as needed on your child's iOS devices!

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Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.