How to Set Up Parental Control On Your iPad
If you’re a parent and want to give your children an iPad to play around, you should definitely consider setting up parental control so that they don’t stumble upon anything inappropriate online or mess up the content you have. Those who share their iPads with children may switch on the restrictions whenever needed or enable them permanently if they purchased a device specifically for a child. In this tutorial, you will find out how to activate the parental control to protect both your kids and information you have on the device.
Enable iPad’s Restrictions
The first step is to enable restrictions on your iPad. To do that you have to:
- Open Settings on the device.
- Go to General and Restrictions.
- Tap Enable Restrictions.
Whenever you decide to activate these restrictions, you will have to set a passcode and enter it. Make sure that you are able to remember the four numbers that you entered, but they won’t be easy for your child to guess.
Set App Restrictions
In this section of your iPad, you have an opportunity to control the applications used by your child. If you want to prevent them from buying and downloading apps, using the camera, or browsing the Internet altogether, you can toggle specific settings off.
You also have an opportunity to disable the option of making in-app purchases, thus ensuring that they won’t spend the money on unnecessary games.
Below you will also find the list of ratings, which you can choose for the content viewed on the iPad, including TV shows, music, movies, books, and others. In such a way, you can decide which information and images you child can be exposed to when using the device.
Set Up Web Filters
All the iPads that run on iOS 7 or newer versions give you an opportunity to filter the web content. While it is not absolutely perfect every single time, it works quite well for limiting the content that your child can view. To enable the filters, you have to:
- Open Settings on your device.
- Go to General.
- In Restrictions, choose Enable Restrictions.
- Scroll down to Allowed Content.
- Tap on Websites. Here you can decide whether you want to limit access or allow it.
You should remember that once you select Limit Adult Content, this option may block even the websites that are harmless and your kid needs for school, so it’s up for you to decide.
You also have a chance to allow access only to particular websites that you consider appropriate.
Set Location Restrictions
In addition to the previous functions, you may also want to disable location services on the iPad. To do that, you have to:
- In Restrictions, go to Location services.
- Tap Location under Allow changes section.
- Once you do that, select Don’t Allow Changes to make sure it stays this way.
But, if you think that your kid may lose the iPad, you can leave the Find My iPad feature along with the Location Services.
Ensure the safety of your children online
Nowadays, even small children are able to easily browse the Internet and play games on their devices without any assistance from adults. At the same time, they can just as easily run into the content that is inappropriate for their age group. Fortunately, with the help of the functions already built into your iPad you have an opportunity to manage the way your children use their devices. In the majority of cases, these parental control features are enough, and you don’t need to install any other additional apps. If you decided to buy an iPad specifically for you child, we recommend you to enable these functions before giving a device to the kid.