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Atena Ladchartabi

Atena Ladchartabi

Little boy smiling and wearing headphones with his hands on his headphone.
Atena Ladchartabi

Atena Ladchartabi

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Children are using streaming services increasingly to listen to music. Apple Music is currently one of the biggest streaming platforms with over 100 million songs to stream. But are all these songs appropriate for kids? The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has found that one-third of the hit songs that Apple Music offers has some form of explicit reference to drugs, alcohol, or tobacco use. You probably don’t want your child to listen to this type of content. That’s why we’re going to help protect your child from these contents by explaining how to put parental controls on Apple Music. 

 

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Benefits of Music 

It’s well-known that music has a powerful effect on people. According to UNICEF listening to music can make changes in the brain, and contribute to better memory and cognitive skills. Listening to and playing music can release endorphins that make us happier. 

Neuroscientists say music has long-lasting advantages for babies too. The Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences found changes in babies’ auditory and prefrontal cortexes after listening to music. These brain regions are in charge of processing music and speech. The positive effects of listening to music have been seen in personality traits as well, such as being helpful and cooperative.  

It’s important to be aware of the music your child is listening to. With Apple Music, you can easily restrict explicit content to prevent any negative effects. There are different ways to control and monitor what music your child is listening to. 

 

Family Sharing 

Apple Music offers “Family Sharing.” With this option, you can share Apple’s services with five other family members. One adult in the household invites other family members, and when they are joined, they get instant access to the group’s subscriptions. Each family member uses their own account to keep the accounts personalized and private.  

“Family Sharing” also offers integrated parental control features. These features make it possible to create an account with usage reports, age-appropriate content, screen time settings, and more. Parents or guardians can create an Apple ID for their kids. Kids can decide what they want to download with their accounts. If you, as a family organizer, want to approve what your kids are downloading, set up “Ask to Buy”. The family organizer can get a notification and approve or decline the child’s purchase or download. 

 

Family of four sitting in bed and children having headphones on their heads.

 

How to Set up Parental Controls on Apple Music 

You can put parental controls on Apple Music to restrict content.

 

Set up Restricted Content 

  1. Go to music.apple.com 
  2. Click on “My Account” in the upper right, then choose “Settings”. 
  3. Log in with your Apple ID if needed. 
  4. Under “Parental Controls”, turn on the switch of “Restrictions on Content”. 
  5. Set a four-digit access code to prevent changes to the set restrictions. Then click on “Continue”. 
  6. Re-enter the access code for verification. 
  7. Enter an e-mail address for when you forget the access code and click on “Continue”. 
  8. Click on the window menus to choose rating levels for music. 

Change Restricted Content 

  1. Go to music.apple.com 
  2. Click on “My Account” in the upper right, then choose “Settings”. 
  3. Log in with your Apple ID if needed. 
  4. Under “Parental Controls”, enter your four-digit access code. 
  5. If you forgot your access code, click on “Forgot access code”. Instructions to recover your access code will be sent to your e-mail address. 

Change Certain Parts of the Parental Controls Section 

  • Change material restrictions: click on the window menus to choose rating levels for different sections. 
  • Change your e-mail address for restoring your access code: Click on “Edit”, enter a new e-mail address and click on “Continue”. 
  • Change the access code: Click on “Change access code”, enter the current code, then enter a new code and click on “Continue”. The new code must be re-entered for verification. 
  • Disable material restrictions: Click on the switch to disable restrictions. 

 

Screenshot of “Parental Controls” section in Apple Music account

How to Block Explicit Songs on Apple Music 

By enabling “Clean content” in your device’s settings, Apple Music, podcasts, and Apple News will only show age-appropriate content. These settings are device-specific and have to be set up for every device separately. To turn off explicit content on Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch: 

  1. Open “Settings” 
  2. Click on “Screen Time” 
  3. Click on “Content & Privacy Restrictions” 
  4. Turn on the switch of “Content & Privacy Restrictions” 
  5. Click on “Content Restrictions” 
  6. Click on “Music, Podcasts & News” 
  7. Click on “Clean” 

 

To turn off explicit content on Apple Music via the web browser: 

  1. Go to music.apple.com 
  2. Click on “My Account” in the upper right, then choose “Settings”. 
  3. Log in with your Apple ID if needed. 
  4. Under “Parental Controls” there is a “Music” section with a drop-down menu. 
  5. In the drop-down menu, click on “Clean”. 

Parental Controls App 

When you don’t want to be limited to Apple Music’s parental controls, download Safes. Safes is a parental control app that makes it possible to monitor your child’s online behavior and personalize what you want to control. Safes features include, but are not limited to: 

  • Setting up a screen time schedule: As a parent or guardian, you can choose how long a child can use their electronic device.  
  • Being able to block applications: This feature denies the child access to specific applications based on parents’ choices like Instagram or Twitter. 
  • Website content filtering: Blocks out websites that include inappropriate content such as violence, hate speech, and pornography. Caregivers can also select specific content categories to block. 
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