How to block Snapchat on my teenage daughter’s phone?

 

No matter how much claim Snapchat makes about the app not being used by underage children or teenagers for sexting, the parents are always in awe about the disappearing photos. Isn’t it obvious, what types of photos will the kids share that they would want to disappear as Snapchat claims.

 

Medically speaking teens brains are not developed enough to make an informed decision about right and wrong, an ill shared photo can ban them from college admission to worst outcome as in being registered as a sex offender. A life-long tag which is hard to rub off.

 

So as a parent you will wish to block Snapchat and other potentially dangerous apps from being used on to your child’s smartphone. Here is how to block Snapchat on your child’s phone:

 

Android

 

Without Family Orbit

 

To block Snapchat on your child’s device, without using a parental control app like Family Orbit, you may consider tweaking your phone like this.

 

      Open Play Store

      Tap on the Menu option at the top-left, its inside the search textbox.

      Tap on Settings

      Tap on Parental Control to turn it On

      Tap on Parental Control to view inside options

      Tap on Apps & games

      Enter a PIN and confirm it. Don’t forget the PIN.

      Tap on Rated for 7+

 

This will disallow all apps rated for 12+ and above. Since Snapchat is rated for 12+, your child won’t be able to download or use Snapchat. Please note this will also block a lot of other apps also which are also rated 12+, that your child might be using. So we recommend using Family Orbit to selectively block Snapchat on your child’s phone.

 

With Family Orbit

 

You can install Family Orbit on your child’s phone and utilize its app blocking features to block Snapchat from running on the child’s device. It is simple, download the app on your child’s Android phone and then set up your account. Once the app is installed and running on the child’s phone, go to the online panel of Family Orbit and log in.

 

Once inside, go to My Family page and then click on Filter next to your child’s name. Select Snapchat from the list of Installed Apps on your child’s phone. That’s it, now your child won’t be able to run Snapchat on his device anymore.

 

iPhone

 

Without Family Orbit

 

To block Family Orbit on your child’s iPhone device, you can make use of Restrictions feature of the iOS to prevent Snapchat from running on your child’s device. It is simple, follow the below steps on the child’s iPhone to do so:

 

      Open Settings

      Tap on General

      Tap on Restrictions

      Tap on Enable Restrictions

      Enter and confirm a Restriction Passcode

      Now you can either disable Installing Apps to prevent your child from installing any new app including Snapchat or

      You can tap on Apps in Allowed Content section and set it to 9+ preventing all apps with rating 12+ to be disallowed from the phone.

 

This will prevent Snapchat from running on the iOS as it is rated 12+ in the AppStore. Please note, it will also disable all other apps rated 12+ from your child’s iPhone

 

With Family Orbit

 

Once you have downloaded and installed Family Orbit on your child and your own iPhone, you can use the Content Filter feature of Family Orbit to restrict Snapchat and other adult apps from running on your child’s iPhone.

 

      Open Family Orbit app and tap on the Settings icon next to your child’s name.

      Tap on Content Filter.

      Tap on App Rating

      Tap on 9+

      Tap on < to Save.

 

Now, all apps with rating 12+ including Snapchat will be blocked from running on your child’s iPhone.

 

So you can see how easy it is to block Snapchat from your child’s phone to prevent its abuse that may cause your child reputation a harm. As a parent of an underage child, you must install a parental monitoring software to control and block app and web usage on your child’s phone. Family Orbit is a recommended tool you may use to block Snapchat and other apps on your child’s phone and monitor the cell phone activities. Give it a try with a free trial.

 

 

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