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Parental Control: IOS Guided Access

This article was written by Kayelene Kerr from eSafeKids.



IOS devices have an option to set-up a feature called Guided Access. This features allows you to temporarily restrict an IOS device to one app or site and controls what features are available. The features parents may choose to use are:

  • Set time limits

  • Disable areas of the screen and control features that are available to the user

These features can be used with younger children, children with a disability or any child that switches between apps (eg. moving from a learning app to a leisure app when they're supposed to be doing homework).


Step 1 - Set-up Guided Access

1. Open Settings

2. Open Accessibility

3. Scroll to General (this is usually located towards the bottom of the page)

4. Tap Guided Access

5. Turn Guided Access on

6. Tap passcode settings

7. Set a Guided Access Passcode and/or Face ID and return to Guided Access screen - don't forget the passcode!

8. Set Time Limits - Sound and/or Speak the time remaining before the Guided Access session ends. In


Step 2 - Start Guided Access

1. Open an App

2. Triple click on the side button

3. Select the Accessibility Shortcut - Guided Access

4. Select Options - usually at the bottom left

5. Toggle on Time Limit - set a time limit for the App eg) 30 minutes.

6. If you want parts of the screen to stop responding to touch, draw a circle around the area.

7. Tap Guided Access to start


Step 3 - End Guided Access

1. Triple click the side button

2. Enter the Guided Access password

3. Tap end



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About The Author

Kayelene Kerr is recognised as one of Western Australia’s most experienced specialist providers of Protective Behaviours, Body Safety, Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education workshops. Kayelene is passionate about the prevention of child abuse and sexual exploitation, drawing on over 24 years’ experience of study and law enforcement, investigating sexual crimes, including technology facilitated crimes. Kayelene delivers engaging and sought after prevention education workshops to educate, equip and empower children and young people, and to help support parents, carers, educators and other professionals. Kayelene believes protecting children from harm is a shared responsibility and everyone can play a role in the care, safety and protection of children. Kayelene aims to inspire the trusted adults in children’s lives to tackle sometimes challenging topics.


About eSafeKids

eSafeKids strives to reduce and prevent harm through proactive prevention education, supporting and inspiring parents, carers, educators and other professionals to talk with children, young people and vulnerable adults about protective behaviours, body safety, cyber safety, digital wellness and pornography. eSafeKids is based in Perth, Western Australia.


eSafeKids provides books and resources to teach children about social and emotional intelligence, resilience, empathy, gender equality, consent, body safety, protective behaviours, cyber safety, digital wellness, media literacy, puberty and pornography.


eSafeKids books can support educators teaching protective behaviours and child abuse prevention education that aligns with the Western Australian Curriculum, Australian Curriculum, Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Framework: National Quality Standards (NQS).


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