1. iMore Question's Avatar
    My son is sending inappropriate text messages from his iphone. I can't take the phone away from him completely, because I need to reach him. I have locked down safari, the camera, facebook, and other apps that he is abusing, but I can't figure out how to block text messages. Any advice (short of beating him - which I have considered) would be appreciated.

    Thank you.
    03-27-2014 07:39 PM
  2. neonworm's Avatar
    Try contacting your carrier to see if they can block the sending of text messages from his phone.
    03-27-2014 07:49 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    1. Go to Settings - Messages and then disable iMessage
    2. Go to Settings - General - Restrictions, enter the Restrictions passcode, and then scroll down to "Accounts", tap on it, and then select "Don't Allow Changes".

    By doing so, he will not be able to enable iMessage, but I'm not sure if an SMS message can't be sent.
    03-27-2014 07:50 PM
  4. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    Only way is by having the carrier block text messages from his device. But he could still sent them via other apps that use data. Blocking his data also will solve your issue till he learns how to act right. A beating might not be a bad idea too😉
    nikkisharif and Haalcyon like this.
    03-27-2014 07:53 PM
  5. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I know that carriers like Mine VZW will block these premium messages as they call them - Advertising but don't know if they can block what you are trying to do and i mean any carrier. I only used Verizon as an example. You can do it the way 'D suggested how to and just one thing that bothers me... Please you should not talk about beating him because you just don't know how someone can would take that and it would be a bit extreme to handle this. Just a thought, He is your son. Good luck.
    03-27-2014 08:17 PM
  6. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    The OP is asking how to do something and is suggesting beating his son and one other has picked up on it, He is not mine but nowadays you have to be careful what you say as that kind of statement taken wrong by someone can cause trouble and much better ways to handle this situation. I am just saying that is all.
    Last edited by Jaguarr40; 03-28-2014 at 11:19 AM.
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    03-27-2014 08:47 PM
  7. nikkisharif's Avatar
    The OP is asking how to do something and is suggesting beating his son and one other has picked up on it, He is not mine but nowadays you have to be careful what you say as that kind of statement taken wrong by someone can cause trouble and much better ways to handle this situation. i am just saying that is all.
    I'm sure the comments were referring to a whooping but I could see how it may be taken the wrong way. Unfortunately, we live in a very sensitive America...no wonder these kids are acting a fool!!! Ijs
    rdiddy_25, Jaguarr40 and jburke82 like this.
    03-27-2014 10:04 PM
  8. nikkisharif's Avatar
    My son is sending inappropriate text messages from his iphone. I can't take the phone away from him completely, because I need to reach him. I have locked down safari, the camera, facebook, and other apps that he is abusing, but I can't figure out how to block text messages. Any advice (short of beating him - which I have considered) would be appreciated.

    Thank you.
    You should be able to contact your carrier and request they suspend certain features on the account for a certain amount of time.
    03-27-2014 10:07 PM
  9. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    The OP is asking how to do something and is suggesting beating his son and one other has picked up on it, He is not mine but nowadays you have to be careful what you say as that kind of statement taken wrong by someone can cause trouble and much better ways to handle this situation. i am just saying that is all.

    Can't take everything so serious Jan
    Not Quite Right likes this.
    03-27-2014 11:54 PM
  10. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    If the kid is doing something inappropriate with the iPhone, remove the iPhone. Give him/her a flip phone with basic abilities, and call it a day. Problem solved.
    03-28-2014 08:02 AM
  11. jburke82's Avatar
    If the kid is doing something inappropriate with the iPhone, remove the iPhone. Give him/her a flip phone with basic abilities, and call it a day. Problem solved.
    I was going to say the same thing. Teach him a lesson...get him one of those phones that can only have like 3 numbers programed in (you, the police, and one other I think). If I am not mistaken, these phones don't even have a key pad, so he literally can't use it to contact anyone that isnt programed into the phone.
    03-28-2014 09:36 AM
  12. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    If the kid is doing something inappropriate with the iPhone, remove the iPhone. Give him/her a flip phone with basic abilities, and call it a day. Problem solved.
    Came here to post this. This is exactly what you should do.
    03-28-2014 10:50 AM
  13. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I'm sure the comments were referring to a whooping but I could see how it may be taken the wrong way. Unfortunately, we live in a very sensitive America...no wonder these kids are acting a fool!!! Ijs
    Same way I felt and you slightly different Nikki which is my point, You just have to be careful nowadays and you have kids too.
    03-28-2014 11:20 AM
  14. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Can't take everything so serious Jan
    Yes i know and it was not that I was being so serious as much as there is enough abuse in the world - in this country and you don't know when people say these things what they really mean and that is why I Said it the way I did...No harm done.
    03-28-2014 11:23 AM
  15. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    If the kid is doing something inappropriate with the iPhone, remove the iPhone. Give him/her a flip phone with basic abilities, and call it a day. Problem solved.
    Props to Sean for using this rare thing called Common Sense !
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    03-28-2014 11:34 AM
  16. kch50428's Avatar
    Props to Sean for using this rare thing called Common Sense !
    "Common sense" is an oxymoron.
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    03-28-2014 11:40 AM
  17. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    Can't take everything so serious Jan
    True that Jag. Doom and gloom can be found easily enough, without going out of your way to find it ...
    03-28-2014 11:47 AM
  18. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    "Common sense" is an oxymoron.
    Thanks Keith for allowing coffee to flow freely from my nose!
    kch50428 likes this.
    03-28-2014 11:50 AM
  19. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Props to Sean for using this rare thing called Common Sense !
    I don't have kids, but what I observe is a trend of trying to be a kid's "friend" vs. "parent"...I see it with my own nephews and niece. They screw up, do something they've been instructed not to (or know not to do), and then in an effort to maintain some kind of "friendship", parents so often dance around an issue to make it fair.

    I personally find it pretty hilarious. In the end, why are there negotiations? I've never understood it, and I grew up in a house with 5 kids and myself. My mom never spared the rod, nor did she allow for negotiations when it came to punishments. I base my advice or suggestions on what I know she would do if there were such things around when we were kids...when I was young, AIM was a really popular thing...you know what would happen if she found inappropriate messages on AIM? She'd lock the computer down from me until she was ready for me to use it.
    03-28-2014 11:55 AM
  20. phreddyl's Avatar
    I am a youth director and work with kids and parents all day. The things I see parents let kids do and get away with is astonishing.
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    03-28-2014 01:21 PM
  21. Jeremiah Crum's Avatar
    You've eliminated everything a smart phone does.

    Get him a flip phone and glue a Tile tracking chip to it. You'll save on data costs too.

    Minors sending picks of their junk these days is a way serious deal. The law would love to get involved.
    04-13-2016 06:36 PM
  22. Sherry_B's Avatar
    EDIT:

    Didn't realize how old this thread was! (Two years old!!)
    04-13-2016 07:08 PM
  23. Honey Beagle's Avatar
    That is ok. I replied to replies that were much older than that.
    04-14-2016 12:29 AM
  24. Aaron H4's Avatar
    I know this is an old thread, but I discovered a way to solve the problem. I created the attached tutorial to restrict an iPhone to calls only. Enjoy!
    Attached Files
    11-14-2016 11:39 PM
  25. mrjayviper's Avatar
    i thought there's a setting for it inside messages
    11-15-2016 03:32 AM

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