Parental controls on your child's devices

On a smartphone, tablet or games console, you can use parental controls to manage a range of functions, including access to websites, app stores and apps, as well as location services and in-app purchases.

Smartphones and tablets 


1. To set up a restricted user account on an Android smartphone or tablet, go to Settings and select Users in the Device section.

2. Tap Add User or Profile, then select Restricted Profile and enter the passcode.

3. Tap the round icon next to New Profile to change the name of the profile, then tap OK.

4. Go through the list of features your child can access and, using the togglebuttons, choose whether you’d like them on or off.

Find out more on the Android website.



1. To enable restrictions on your child’s iPhone or iPad, tap Settings, General, Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode.

2. Decide which features you’re happy for your child to access and, using the toggle buttons, turn the rest off.

Find out more on the Apple website.


Windows Phone

1. Go to the Windows Phone website and select My Family.

2. Sign in using your own Microsoft account (if you don’t have an account, you can create one).

3. Click Get Started on the My Family set-up page, and then click Go to add your child’s name.

4. Enter the Microsoft account your child uses to sign in on their phone.

5. To change the app download settings, click your child’s name on the My Family homepage, click Change Settings and choose from the options provided.

Find out more on the Windows Phone website.

How can Vodafone help? 

Vodafone Guardian helps to protect your child from inappropriate calls, messages and online content. Simply download the free app from Google Play and customise the various settings. You’ll be asked to enter a parent contact number so that you receive a text if Vodafone Guardian is deactivated and when an emergency call is made.

Vodafone Content Control helps to prevent young people from accessing inappropriate content and services, such as violent games, adult content and gambling websites. Go to the Vodafone website to log in to or register your online account and turn on Content Control. Please note, it works only on the Vodafone network and not on Wi-Fi.

Find out more on the Vodafone website.

Games consoles 

Many children and teenagers enjoy playing on games consoles. As well as being fun, some experts say gaming helps to improve their reflexes and keep their brains active.

But it also has its risks. Young people sometimes spend too long in front of the screen or access inappropriate content. And if they take part in multiplayer gaming they might be contacted by strangers.

If your child is a keen gamer, you’ll be pleased to know that the main games consoles include parental controls to help you manage which games they play, how long they can play for and whether they can play against other people.

For example, safety features on Xbox One let you restrict games, apps and films by age rating. And on PlayStation 4 (PS4) you can also disable video and voice chat. For more information and step-by- step guides to setting up parental controls for gaming, go to your search engine and type in the name of your child’s games console (eg “PlayStation”, “Nintendo”, “Wii” or “Xbox”) + “parental controls UK”.