Using the iPad and iPod Touch: Parental Controls Explained

By Jonathan Wylie

 

Apple’s mobile computing options are an intuitive way for kids to explore the digital age. However, it is important to set limits. The iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch parental controls do just that. Here’s how they work.

Click the Settings button, select General, and then click on Restrictions. By default, no restrictions are turned on, so you need to click Enable Restrictions to get started.

 

You will then be prompted to enter a 4-digit passcode, so make sure you pick one that your children are unlikely to guess. You will use this passcode to enable, disable or modify any future restrictions that you want to apply.

 

Once your passcode is entered, you can choose to disable Safari, YouTube, FaceTime, or iTunes. You can also disable the ability to install or delete apps, turn off the camera, and restrict access to the Game Center. Simply slide the switch next to each application to enable or disable it as required.

 

Scroll down the page and you will see some more options. These allow you to set age restrictions on the type of movies, TV shows, and apps that you want your children to have access to. Clicking on one of these categories allows you to set an age limit for the kind of content that you want your kids to view. You can also turn off explicit content in the Music and Podcasts menu.

If you and your children share access to an iPad or iPod Touch, parental controls can quickly be disabled for your own usage. Simply click Settings > General > Restrictions and select Disable Restrictions. Now, enter your passcode and your device will revert to its default settings with no restrictions in place. Just be sure to activate them again when you are done.

Using parental controls is a great way to be sure that your children are able to explore the wonders that these gadgets offer in a safe and secure environment. They give you control over what your kids are doing when you are not around, while the ability to unlock more functionality can be a great reward for responsible behavior. Try it today and you will quickly see how easy it is to get started!

 

Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie is the owner of The Education Technology Blog, a website dedicated to helping teachers advance the use of technology in the classroom. He is a teacher, husband, and proud father, but also works as a freelance writer for several online publications. Jonathan is originally from Scotland, but now lives and works in rural Iowa. He has a love for education, photography, computers, and just about any gadget that he can get his hands on.

 

 

 

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