I am not here to start a huge Apple vs. Android debate. Most people are pretty set on which operating system they prefer, and that is fine. Many parents have no idea which one will allow them the most control over their children's phone though. Using a phone for yourself, and trying to control a phone for your child can be two very different things.
One thing on Apple's side is that the operating system is extremely easy to use. Kids pick it up very quickly. They also do have some built-in parental control features. You can create a restrictions passcode on the device and turn on or off specific apps. This will essentially hide the apps you want to be restricted at all times. Utilizing these parental controls, you can restrict access to the app store to limit installs of new applications. It can be a pain to manage if you are constantly needing to enter the passcode to allow or disallow specific apps.
Utilizing these parental controls, you can restrict access to the app store to limit installs of new applications. It can be a pain to manage if you are constantly needing to enter the passcode to allow or disallow specific apps.
There are applications you can install to help manage the apps installed according to a time frame, but the control is limited due to iOS. Apple likes to control all aspects of the user experience. That is why many feel the operating system is more solid. They don't allow other apps and companies access to significant portions of their operating system, which doesn't allow parental control apps as much control as they would need to offer a complete solution.
With an Android device, parental control applications can give you a lot more power. Since the operating system isn't as locked down as on an iOS device you can have more granular control over the device and associated applications. With iOS you can block apps during specific times, but you have to block them all or none. You can't control which apps get blocked during which times.
What this means is that with an Android device, I can be notified if my child installs an app. I can set the device to automatically block any newly installed apps until I manually approve them from my phone. Your child will not be able to hide any application installs from you.
You can also restrict certain applications during certain hours with an Android device. Say at bedtime you still want your child to be able to access their music application so they can listen to music to go to sleep. You can make all of the other apps blocked during those hours except the music application.
Once your child is on their own, they can choose the best operating system for them. However, due to the granular application control, an Android device is definitely the operating system you want to start your children on. With the new Google Family Link service, they can even have their own account that includes amazing built-in parental controls!