No matter your kids are getting a new iPad, or an old one from you, you have to child-proof the iPad before handing it to them. Here is how:
1. Get the latest update from Apple: current iOS settings have a lot valuable kid proof features.
2. Backup your iPad periodically: in case your kids delete something accidentally, you can go back to find them. You can get iOS updates and backup by plugin your device to your PC or Mac with iTune, and it will automatically happen.
3. Now go to “Setting”, then “General” to look at some safety options:
- Passcode Lock: this is the password to get on the iPAD. It is useful if you want to prevent your kids from using the iPad without your awareness or help. Depends on how much you trust your kids, you can hide the password, or let your child know the password.
- Note: Don’t use the option “Erase Data” after 10 failed passcode attempts. If your kids play with the passcode screen, you will end up losing everything on your iPad.
- Restrictions: contains several useful kid proofing settings. You will want to turn it on. It uses the same passcode as “Passcode Lock”. If you don’t want your kids make changes, hide the passcode from your kids.
The settings marked with red arrows in the picture above need turning off.
First turn off “Deleting Apps”: it is two simple touches to have an App deleted. If you don’t want it happen by accident, turn this one off. You can always come here to turn it on if you ever need to delete apps from your iPad.
Next turn off “In-App Purchases“. This prevents the kids from buying stuff from within a game. With a few touches a little kid could spend your money if you didn’t turn this feature off.
Next, if you don’t want strangers reaching your kids through Game Center, you should turn off the Game Center options “Multiplayer Games” and “Adding Friends”.
Finally, you can choose the media ratings (G, PG, etc) for Movies, Music, TV shows, and Apps, based on your kids age.
4. If you sign up for Game Center, You will want to turn off “Allow Game Invites” and “Find Me By Email“. This will keep your kids safe from unwanted contact with strangers.
5. If your kids use headphones, you will want to protect their hearing. Many kids suffer hearing loss due to using headphones with the music too loud. The rule of thumb for headphones is 60% volume for 1 hour is generally safe. The iPad has an option to lock the volume for the iPod app. It is under Music, after you get into Setting.
6. If this is a hand-me-down iPad from you, make sure delete all the Email accounts and shopping Apps, such as Amazon.
7. At last, load some fun games for them, so they don’t have to go out search for something by themselves. iGameMom has recommendations for all age groups. The easiest way is to go to the menu above the posts labelled with age groups and subject. Hope you will find age appropriate apps for your kids.
Now you child-proof your iPAD settings, how about a cover? I have heard many stories of broken iPADs. Make sure to read the tips on how to choose baby friendly iPAD cases.