I have setup parental controls for certain devices on my WiFi and all works fine on the MAC address. https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT211227

However, in iOS 14 there is a new privacy feature which changes the MAC address every day so it is randomized.

Any ideas how to ensure parental controls on WiFi is setup to handle this?

Otherwise I have to update the WiFi parental controls frequently which is a non starter.

  • You can disable this on a per-network basis [click the i symbol next to your home network in WiFi prefs], but idk if it can then be locked out with parental controls.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 26, 2022 at 17:34
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    @Tetsujin yeah, I done this but can be enabled back on the device by the user so it's not a solution
    – Rubans
    Jan 26, 2022 at 17:51
  • You're going to have to look into the router settings. Potentially; fix known MAC addresses to individually-assigned IP addresses using the DHCP setup in the router, then set 'unknown' MAC addresses outside the fixed policy to a smaller, regular dynamic address pool; set any addresses from inside that dynamic pool to a 'child' or even 'guest' policy on there. That's all really going to depend on your router & ISP.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 26, 2022 at 18:04
  • You might have to go the other way and see if your router has a "whitelist" option instead of the blacklist your parental controls are apparently using. That way they would only be able to connect with the normal MAC address rather than the randomised one.
    – Mokubai
    Jan 26, 2022 at 18:07
  • This has been an extremely frustrating problem for my family. I want my Wifi to be open for guests, but I don't want our child using our iPad to have unlimited internet access. All he has to do, though, is turn on Private Address and there is no way to block the connection on the router by IP address, MAC address or host name. All the "answers" I've found so far have been to take the iPad away and hide it, apply Wifi restrictions for all devices, or scold myself as a parent for not getting a child that was born obedient. Yes, eventually he will learn, but meanwhile this misfeature is no help. Jun 2 at 15:32

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used whitelist and parent control were very cumbersome. I used guest wifi network for my child and disable it when I don't want him to access the internet. Apple had to think again for the private address configure for their devices.

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