Parental controls allow parents to limit the abilities and access children have on their devices. Parents can set restrictions on what apps can be accessed, what content can be seen, how long kids can use the device, and more.
Most parental control apps have a general set of controls that apply to all devices. These include limiting screen time, setting age levels for games and content, and keeping track of device usage via tracking apps or calendar integration.
iPad has some specific parental control features that make it easier to manage kids’ devices. For example, you can set it so they need to enter a passcode to make changes to certain settings or delete apps. You can also create profiles for each child and limit the number of minutes they can use the device!
This article will discuss some ways to set up parental controls on your iPad so you can be more confident in letting your kids use it.
Under General, you can control whether or not apps can be downloaded, whether parental controls need to be entered to access certain features, and screen time limits.
To enable app downloads, simply toggle the switch to the right. If you do not want your child to be able to access apps, turn this feature off. Once it is off, they will not be able to add new apps.
To require a parental control passcode, toggle the switch to the right and enter a four-digit passcode. This passcode must be different than your own phone’s passcode. This is so your child cannot bypass this feature!
Screen time limits can be set by hour or by weekday. Toggle the switches next to each one to enable them! After that time is up, the device will automatically shut down all functions except for things like phone calls and texts.
Once in Settings, find General- Restrictions. Here you can set restrictions on certain features of your device. You can disable features like the Camera, Siri, Limit Content, Diverse Friends, and Device Rose.
You can also set restrictions on device usage such as Disable Touch ID & Passcode Reset, No Device Age Rating, No Access to Store Locations, and No Account Creation.
This is great if you are giving your device to a child and want to limit the content they can access or make it so they cannot make changes to the settings or account creation. Also if you are giving your device to a younger child that may not be ready for some features or apps, you can disable those as well!
There are also restriction settings for individual apps that you can toggle on or off depending on what content you want to restrict. These include features like In-App Purchases, Social Media Integration, and Location Services.
Choose who can change restrictions
Once you have set up your parental controls, you can then choose who can or cannot change them. You can either do this by entering a passcode or by choosing which people can add new users.
By adding new users, other people can change the settings you have put in place. By entering a passcode, only people who know the passcode can add new users.
If you are away from home and someone needs to use the iPad, then they need to know the passcode to be able to make changes. This is a good thing if they need to use the iPad for something work related.
If there is a situation where someone needs to get into the settings, then just add them as a user and let them take care of it.
Set restrictions for using the internet
Now that you have disabled the ability to purchase apps, you may also want to set restrictions for using the internet. You can do this in the Settings app.
There are four settings you can put in place: Restriction Type, Content Control, Content Allowances, and Deregistration.
Restriction Type is either No Restrictions or Blocked Content Restriction. With No Restrictions, you give your child the iPad and hope for the best!
With Blocked Content Restriction, you get a list of content you want to restrict and then choose whether or not to allow exceptions.
Content Control lets you choose what types of content you want to restrict. These include pornography, violence, gambling, social media, and educational content. You can also choose whether or not to allow exceptions.
Content Allowances lets you set a limit on data usage. Deregistration lets you take away all of your settings so that the user has full access to the internet.
Set restrictions for using camera and microphone
With the growing popularity of selfie sticks and the need to take pictures and videos, there is a growing need to control this feature.
With parental controls for iPad, you can set restrictions for the camera and microphone. You can disable either or both completely or set times they are allowed.
If you want your child to enjoy creating videos or taking pictures, this is a great way to let them do so without worrying about them filming something they should not.
They can also be taught about privacy and safety using the camera and microphone in apps and games. For instance, they can learn how to blur out people or things in their videos or photos.
This is a great tool for parents that want to allow photo-taking and video-making, but only within certain boundaries. It will also help with curbing constant taking of endless photos and videos.
Set a bedtime mode
If your kid uses the iPad, you can set a “bedtime” for it. This function can be set for a specific time or every day except Saturday and Sunday.
This is a great feature to have if your kid uses the iPad for homework and/or entertainment.
By having this setting, you can limit how much time they have on social media, games, and apps. This is great for their mental health as they will not be constantly staring at their screen until late at night.
They will only have a limited amount of time to use the device which will help them get a good amount of sleep.
Having this feature set also helps regulate their blood sugar levels as they will not be on the app late at night eating snacks while they watch videos.
Decline invitations to join Apple Groups
If you’re an Apple user, you get occasional invites to join Apple Groups, a kind of chat room where users discuss apps, solutions, and ask questions.
These groups can be useful if you’re a new iPhone or iPad user and need some guidance. However, most groups are filled with ads, creepy comments and conversations, and shallowness.
We recommend declining invitations to join these groups unless you truly want the advice offered there. There are many other resources for finding quality advice on apps and solving problems with your device.
If you already belong to a group and feel uncomfortable there, you can always delete the group invite or block the group so that you no longer receive notifications or alerts from the group.
Make sure to do this if you feel unsafe or are being harassed in any way.
Keep your child safe with parental controls
Apple gives you the option to set parental controls on your device. This can be done when you first get your device or any time after.
To do this, go to Settings > Screen Time and then follow the steps to set up parental controls. You can set screen time limits, disallow certain apps, and receive alerts when they are used.
This is especially helpful if you give your device to your child and then leave for the day or work hours away. You can set a limit on the time they have the device and know when they reach that point they need to put it down for a while.
They also cannot use certain apps nor can they watch certain YouTube videos or anything else on the device.