Monday, May 23, 2011

If You Child-Proof Your House, Why Not Your iPad Too?

Recently I had the opportunity to see a family in action around their iPad, and was fascinated by what I learned. First, interest in the iPad is multi-generational, but that’s not news. Second, little kids are way more facile with it than we would have imagined.

If you’re using the same iPad for business or your own personal interests that your kids are using to play and learn on, then the last thing you want is an important document inadvertently deleted or messed with. Ditto with your apps, settings, FaceTime video chat, and fee based accounts like the iTunes Store. You also don’t want them browsing around on YouTube and even Safari as they might wind up seeing things that they’re not prepared to handle. 

You can temporarily remove these icons from the screen so they’ll never get there inadvertently.

You also probably don’t want them messing with the tablet’s location settings, so disabling this function can be done too. You can also restrict the type of music in your library that they can listen to, and what types of movies they can download.

1. Tap and open the “Settings” icon on your iPad
2. Tap “General” in the column on the left side of the screen
3. Tap “Restrictions”
4. Tap “Enable Restrictions” at the top of the screen
5. A little screen will open asking you to enter a 4 digit pass code. It will do this twice. Do this.
6. Once you’ve entered your pass code, you can go down the list to set up a variety of restrictions on your iPad.
7. When you leave the “Settings” environment you will see that the icons for those apps that you’ve restricted are no longer visible, or clickable, which means that they’re out of your kids' reach. Can't open it, can't mess with it, see it, or buy through it.

When you want to revert the iPad back to your own settings, go to the “Settings” icon, tap “Disable Restrictions” and add your pass code to reverse it. The restricted settings will stay in place behind the scenes to facilitate letting the kids have the same restricted access again in the future.

BTW: The same disable functions can be applied to your iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

There, now your iPad is ready for the kids to learn and play and be safe from inadvertently messing with, seeing, or deleting what’s important to you. I can’t say that it will be as easy to restrict access to your car when they’re older, but hopefully, by then the technology will have improved to make that possible too. 

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This information contained herein is for guideline purposes only, is not intended as an endorsement of any product, and is no guarantee of the results.

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1 comment:

  1. Very useful info, as I plan on using my husband's iPad as a state of the art portfolio for clients and at Home and Design Shows! Thanks Beryn! Happy to follow you now on Twitter! Cheers, Pam
    @ORDZNglassworks ;)


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