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Old Aug 9, 2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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How can I block websites from iPhone's Safari?

I am getting an iPhone for my son. Because of his disabilities he has trouble with directions so I'm interested in the new iPhone since it has GPS built in and will help him with that. The only downside is when unsupervised on the internet he gets to some websites he shouldn't and has gotten into trouble. It's just a few websites such as myspace that I want to specifically block.
Is there a way that certain websites can be blocked on an iPhone? I have heard on a desktop it can be done with things such as a firewall but since the iPhone isn't an actual computer I didn't know if there's a way of doing that.
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Old Aug 9, 2008, 09:02 PM   #2
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I am getting an iPhone for my son. Because of his disabilities he has trouble with directions so I'm interested in the new iPhone since it has GPS built in and will help him with that. The only downside is when unsupervised on the internet he gets to some websites he shouldn't and has gotten into trouble. It's just a few websites such as myspace that I want to specifically block.
Is there a way that certain websites can be blocked on an iPhone? I have heard on a desktop it can be done with things such as a firewall but since the iPhone isn't an actual computer I didn't know if there's a way of doing that.
There is parental control settings on the iPhone but as far as safari, it only blocks it from being able to get online. Theres no way that i know of to block particular sites.
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 06:32 AM   #3
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If you're on wifi at home you may be able to block the sites on your router - though I realise that only works for his home use of it.
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 07:01 AM   #4
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I'm guessing your son is in High School. 16 years old? I'm sure he see's or hears all kinds things at school walking down the hall. Or he will sooner or later.. All it takes is a little motivation and google searching to get around most web site blockers.
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 08:58 AM   #5
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I say disable Safari all together. Alot of info from the web can be acquired thru apps.
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 08:59 AM   #6
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The GPS on the iPhone is pretty inaccurate and useless apparently...I wouldn't rely on it.
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 09:35 AM   #7
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The GPS on the iPhone is pretty inaccurate and useless apparently...I wouldn't rely on it.
apparently being the key word there
GPS on the iphone is just as reliable and accurate as on any other mobile phone, if not more so
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 09:40 AM   #8
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there isnt turn by turn directions on the iphone yet. For someone with disabilities figuring out the directions wont be that easy. Just buy your son a real turn by turn gps. You wont have to worry about him on myspace and you can further police his actions.
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 10:07 AM   #9
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not what the op asked

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The GPS on the iPhone is pretty inaccurate and useless apparently...I wouldn't rely on it.
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apparently being the key word there
GPS on the iphone is just as reliable and accurate as on any other mobile phone, if not more so
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there isnt turn by turn directions on the iphone yet. For someone with disabilities figuring out the directions wont be that easy. Just buy your son a real turn by turn gps. You wont have to worry about him on myspace and you can further police his actions.
[QUOTE=MattsxB;6009732]I'm guessing your son is in High School. 16 years old? I'm sure he see's or hears all kinds things at school walking down the hall. Or he will sooner or later.. All it takes is a little motivation and google searching to get around most web site blockers.[/QUOTE

I don't understand why you all made the comments you did. The op asked a specific question about how to block access on the iPhone. Not about how the the gps works or how a kid can fond a way around any type of blocking softwarnor did she/he ask how to raise his child. So, if you have nothing to add that answes the original question then don't say anything at all.

If there is one thing about MR that bothers me it is how one someone answers a specific question that deals with limiting access to a child or teenager everyone ties to tell them how to raise their child. Unless somone specifically asks. There is no comment necessary. /end rant/

Back to the question...as previously stated there are some parental controls but I am unaware of the capabilities. Perhaps you could to an Apple store or AT&T Store and ask questions and try it out.
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Old Apr 20, 2011, 07:08 PM   #10
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Hi! I'm 23 F. Idk if this is still needed but I came across this thread... It's a few years late but I thought maybe some parent could use the info I have. Maybe you have other children too. I have an iPhone 4. There's an app in the app store for iPhones called "k9 web protection browser" it does give options to block offensive material: violence sexual etc. I registered for this forum just to answer this question. I hope it helps someone.

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Old Apr 20, 2011, 08:07 PM   #11
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why don't you just buy him a gps, that would be a lot cheaper.
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Old Apr 20, 2011, 10:35 PM   #12
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Hi! I'm 23 F. Idk if this is still needed but I came across this thread... It's a few years late but I thought maybe some parent could use the info I have. Maybe you have other children too. I have an iPhone 4. There's an app in the app store for iPhones called "k9 web protection browser" it does give options to block offensive material: violence sexual etc. I registered for this forum just to answer this question. I hope it helps someone.

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Old Jul 20, 2011, 09:36 PM   #13
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thanks for the share! checking this app out now
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 07:39 AM   #14
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Thanks Chalita

I did a search today 2-17-13 and found that ThisIsHero (Chalita) your answer helped a lot in my personal case, and I appreciate you taking the time to post it.

God Bless!
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Old Sep 20, 2013, 12:09 AM   #15
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With IOS 7 go to settings, general, restrictions, put your password, go to websites, click limited restrictions, add website, type website and it's restricted.
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Old Jul 2, 2014, 05:54 AM   #16
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You can also block URL and domain on router itself. So it is globally for everyone or user mac address or either IP.
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Thread resurrected 3 times... awesome
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Yeah, the kid in the original thread has probably graduated by now!!

Though if anybody is currently dealing with this issue, I'd recommend a map called Mobicp. You can delete Safari and install an app that lets you set appropriate content by age group (elementary, middle, high school) and sends you a monthly update of the sites visited.

Not perfect by any means, but it helps. And as somebody wrote, kids are going to have access to things through their friends phones, unlocked home browsers etc. When I was a kid, a dad's unlocked Playboy stash was the holy grail. Now it's pretty much impossible to expect your kid isn't seeing hardcore stuff by middle school.
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Did any one else think we were talking about somthing completly diffrent until the word "MySpace"?
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