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Technical solution to turn old iPhone into basic safe phone for 8 year old.

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Gonzales27 Wed 19-Sep-18 16:08:41

My son has had an old iPhone4 for a couple of years now, just to play games and take photos. It has never had a SIM card while he's had it so has never been used as a phone.

I'd like to put a SIM card it in but only if I can find a way to restrict its use so that he can't get online at all and can only use it to text or call a few key emergency contacts (as well as still playing the games/music and using the camera etc).

He has started to want a bit more independence and I'd feel better letting him walk to his friends and play around the village without me if he has a phone on him.

Any technical advice ??

sleepismysuperpower1 Wed 19-Sep-18 17:19:49

you could add the contacts you wanted him to call on favourites and delete all the others.

i'm not sure about the internet

another option would be to get him a kids smart watch, and leave the phone without a sim card for now. that way he can call you, and its safely on his wrist so no chance of losing it!

sleepismysuperpower1 Wed 19-Sep-18 17:20:16

forgot to say that he can call you, you can call him and you can track him with the watch

Leafyhouse Wed 19-Sep-18 17:21:57

We use OurPact to lock down our kids' iPhones, but it takes some setting up, and costs £2.99 per month.

Gonzales27 Wed 19-Sep-18 20:11:26

Sleepy, do you have that smart watch? Is it any good? I've heard mixed reviews.

Gonzales27 Wed 19-Sep-18 20:12:30

Leafy, is it worth 2.99 a month? I hate committing to reg costs. Although it's probably cheaper than a watch.

BingerGeer Wed 19-Sep-18 20:14:44

Set it up so camera, wifi and web browser can only be accessed via a PIN that only you know. Without going into settings and knowing the PIN, you can’t see an icon for them. That’s what we’ve done for our 9yo. You can do it all through settings.

sleepismysuperpower1 Wed 19-Sep-18 20:42:13

i don't have it, but my niece does and my sister really likes it, finds it easy to use etc

Leafyhouse Wed 19-Sep-18 21:12:59

It's a pretty good price for us, as we have 2 kids. What we've also realised is that after about 6 months, they're resigned to iPad turning off at 9pm, and find other things to do. I reckon we could just cancel the subscription, they'd never notice. If he knows iPhone's boring and only for calls, I reckon DS will just stop being tempted by it.

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