Forum Thread: Parental Controls for Children'sTablets

When dealing with new technology, there is always a learning curve trying to figure out all the ins and outs of the many features. Today's mobile devices have come a long way in terms of simplicity and ease of use, but if you are new to Apple devices or coming from the Android platform, you may be unfamiliar with the menus for Parental Controls.

The age of the tablet is beginning, which may seem scary for many parents but they offer an opportunity for education and entertainment for your children; the question is what is the best tablet for Children's? There are many factors to weigh, from cost to applications and everything in between, but with a little research, finding the best tablet for Children's is as easy as the tablets themselves!

iOS calls parental controls "Restrictions" and changing them on your child's tablet is pretty straightforward. Just go to Settings>General>Restrictions. Once in the Restrictions menu, you'll touch the "Enable Restrictions" button at the top. Once pressed, you will be forced to enter a password. The password is key (make sure you remember it! If you enter the wrong password too many times, the device will lock) and you will be forced to enter the password any time you want to make changes to the restrictions or to turn them on and off.

Most parents limit children's use of gadgets and gizmos because they consider it a major distraction. Too much technology is bad; however, there are certain technological innovations that have great educational potential. They tend to improve the learning curve by making lessons fun and engaging. Tablets are the latest in this lineup to visit website

As you scroll down through the restrictions list, you'll see lots of different controls that can be selected to make the tablet more kid friendly. Some of the areas that can be restricted are the ability to install apps, purchase content on iTunes (books, movies, music), or use the camera or FaceTime. Many other restrictions are available as well. I have found that the ability to restrict access to TV, movies, and other media based on ratings is particularly useful. These ratings are similar to what you see on video games or movies, so every parent will have a different interpretation of what is appropriate for their Children's.

You are also able to restrict changes to a whole host of Privacy settings including: Reminders, Contacts, Photos, Calendars, Twitter, and Facebook. This will keep prying eyes (and little kid fingers) from making changes to these settings or making embarrassing posts on social networks on your behalf. However, there are some limitations to all of these Parental Controls. For one thing, there is not currently a way to create multiple logins for multiple users. This can be troublesome in families with multiple Children's who use tablets. It also means that if an adult wants to use the iPad after a kid, you need to turn on/off the Restrictions. Hopefully Apple will these issues with multiple logins in future releases of iOS, as that would add greatly to using their tablets for Children's.

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