How to Set up and Use Parental Controls on iPad?
iPad is a device that is very popular with children for various reasons. Apart from helping them to communicate with their friends and loved ones, these devices can also be used to educate, entertain and even inform these young ones. It is almost impossible to fully monitor what your child is buying, watching, reading or listening to on an iPad at all times. This makes it important to come up with an effective way to control what your kids are able to do on their iPads.
The best and most probably easiest way to do this is to make use of the various parental control options that come preinstalled on all iOS devices, especially those running on iOS 7 and above. That is why this comprehensive article is going to show you exactly how to set up and use iPad parental controls.
"Restrictions", also known as Parental controls, is an amazing iOS feature that can be used to block any applications, features, and settings that may not be appropriate for people of a certain age group. Once it has been activated, the blacklisted (blocked) apps and features are automatically hidden from the iOS device home screen and can only be revealed by disabling the "Restrictions" feature.
Below are the simple steps that you can follow to enable this essential feature.
1. Go to the "Settings" > "General" > "Restrictions", then choose the "Enable Restrictions" tab.
2. Now, you will be asked to create a secret 4-digit passcode that will always be required when activating and deactivating the iOS "Restrictions" feature. Kindly come up with a unique passcode that your child cannot easily guess.
3. Once you have successfully created your secret passcode, you will be provided with a comprehensive list of all the applications and features that can be enabled or restricted.
- The "Allow" section of this iPad parental control feature provides you with the ability to set up any form of restrictions on the stock applications including iTunes, Safari, AirDrop, App Store, Camera, and Facetime among others that come preinstalled on your iDevice. This section also makes it possible for you to prevent your child from installing new apps, making any in-app purchases and even uninstalling the applications that are on the iPad.
- The "Allowed Content" section, on the other hand, provides you with the ability to limit your child's access to various types of content including websites, apps, books, movies, music and podcasts among others based on age and rating provided. You can even use the "Websites" section to limit all adult content or manually input the URLs of websites that you deem to be inappropriate.
"Guided Access", is an interesting iOS feature that can be used to lock an iPad to a single app. This feature is often used when one wants to temporarily lend their iPad to their child. Once it has been activated, the child can only use the single application that the iOS device is locked to.
1. Click on "Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access" to turn on the iOS feature's distinct slider. Here, you'll also be asked to set up a new secret passcode to activate and deactivate the "Guided Access" option.
2. Now, you have successfully set up the "Guided Access feature, you can launch any apps on your iDevice of your choice and press the "Home" button three times at any given time to activate the feature.
The "Family Sharing" allows you to create a specific Apple ID that can be used for any child that is under the age of 13 years. Family Sharing also comes with the "Ask to Buy" feature which allows you to approve or disapprove any App Store or iTunes Store purchases that want to be made by your child. Below is how you set up the "Family Sharing" feature.
Step 1. Choose the "iCloud" option that is located under the "Settings" menu.
Step 2. Tap on the "Set up Family Sharing" button and then follow the on-screen instructions provided. Kindly note that you require a valid debit or credit card that is attached to your Apple account while trying to set up this amazing feature. You can then use the Apple ID you had created for your child to log in to your kid's iPad.
You will now be informed whenever your child attempts to purchase any game or application on that particular device.