Solved iPad 16 Screen Time Set Up

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rashmi

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I'm trying to set up screen time with no schedule and no app limits. Turned on screen time, selected child, selected age 12, selected set up later for app limits and schedule, and password protected it. The content restrictions are explicit and unrestricted after finishing the setup. It showed clean content and restrictions for age 12 when setting up. Is this a bug? I had to set the options manually to the ones for the child.
 
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I'm trying to set up screen time with no schedule and no app limits. Turned on screen time, selected child, selected age 12, selected set up later for app limits and schedule, and password protected it. The content restrictions are explicit and unrestricted after finishing the setup. It showed clean content and restrictions for age 12 when setting up. Is this a bug? I had to set the options manually to the ones for the child.
Could be a bug.
 

rashmi

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Can you help me with a few things? Thank you. :)
1. What browsers run well on the iPad?
2. What browsers offer a built-in ad blocker?
3. Does AdGuard Pro block ads in apps? Does it offer a DNS feature that works for all Wi-Fi connections, i.e., no need to set the DNS for each connection? (I'll purchase a license if it includes these features.)
4. Does AdGuard Pro provide a parental control feature like in its Windows version?
5. Should I use Screen Time or buy parental control software? (I want to block explicit content and enable age-applied restrictions.)
 

rashmi

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It is my first time configuring an iPad. I read a lot about content and ad blockers for an iPad. It seems third-party products have limited functionality or are inefficient on an iPad because of the OS restrictions. I tested Screen Time, and it seems to do well against adult content, but it doesn't have category blocking. I checked out NextDNS and AdGuardDNS. NextDNS is good, but its category blocking didn't block many websites. AdGuardDNS didn't block ads or content, irrespective of the DNS setups I tried. I also checked out ControlD, choosing five custom filters and setting up according to their guide, but like AdGuardDNS, it blocked nothing. I tested DoH setups of these DNS services and tested on Windows 11 because I'm looking for a product for a Windows system too. NextDNS, I may try, but I wish its category blocking was stronger. Or I may check out the parental control products out there that have stronger categories and app blocking. Would parental control software and the AdGuard app be better on an iPad?
 

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I settled on Vivaldi and NextDNS for the iPad. NextDNS for security and parental control, along with ad blocking, and Vivaldi has an inbuilt ad blocker that would help with cosmetic filtering too.
 

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Brave browser is also available for iPadOS, with their own set of adblocking and privacy measures. Other features can be disabled.
 

rashmi

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NextDNS works well, but I'm using Safari, as other browsers have a 17+ age rating, and Screen Time hides them with the child profile of 12+. The ad blocking experience on Safari is good with NextDNS default, AdGuard DNS, Fanboy Annoyance, and Peter Lowe filters. I didn't add Easy List and Easy Privacy because the AdGuard DNS filter includes them. Comparatively, Vivaldi blocks ads better because of the inbuilt filters. Is there a setting on the iPad where I can allow Vivaldi with the child profile 12+?
 

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Is there a setting on the iPad where I can allow Vivaldi with the child profile 12+?
All Browsers have an Age Rating of 17+ (Unrestricted Web Access), and unless iPadOS allows exceptions for specific apps, then I don't see how it's possible.
 
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All Browsers have an Age Rating of 17+ (Unrestricted Web Access), and unless iPadOS allows exceptions for specific apps, then I don't see how it's possible.
It seems there is no such exception. Anyway, I installed AdGuard Pro, and it supports Safari only.
 

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Thank you, @Ink. I completed Screen Time setup to my liking with the help of Apple online help files. I installed AdGuard Pro for ad blocking, which works well, and added ControlD Family DNS to AdGuard for DNS. The staff can consider the question solved.
 
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