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Parent Controls

This section provides information about how to enable parent restrictions on the iPad. It needs to be done when you first turn on the iPad as it requires a passcode to be entered. You will also find information about how to set up filter on the internet for further restrictions.

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Tips on controlling your child's technology use

Best practices

Parents often worry that, compared to their tech-savvy teens and pre-teens, they have little hope of keeping up with their use of technology. The truth is you don’t have to be a computer or technical expert to prevent your young ones from accessing content that you deem inappropriate. Here are some basic rules of the road to keep your kids safe online.

  • Talk to your children so they know what is acceptable, what sites you want them to stay away from, and who they are allowed to text, for example. This will help both you and your and children start a dialogue about safe use of technology.
  • Find out where they’re hanging out online. Get familiar with the Web sites your child or teen visits. Have them show you their favorite sites and discuss what they like about them.
  • Make sure your children understand that they should never give out identifying information about themselves, friends, or family members. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, where you work, email addresses, passwords, Medicare numbers, and credit card numbers.
  • Create a technology “inventory.” Parents should know what technologies their children are using and what those devices are capable of. For example, does the families’ cable television service include on-demand content (potentially with access to adult programming)? Do the children’s cell phones include an Internet browsing capability? Are parental controls on the Internet browser’s software enabled?
  • Set up your computer/tablet in a central, open location, like the living room or kitchen, so Internet use can be supervised. Don't allow your child to go to bed with the device.
  • Create a family agreement for Internet use that includes items such as hours of use, what sites can be accessed, and what sites are off-limits.
  • Tell your children that if someone they are talking to online harasses, bullies, or makes them uncomfortable in any way, they should talk to a parent, teacher, or an adult they trust.

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Below is a video showing you how to enable and set up the restrictions on the iPad.

iOS: Understanding Restrictions (parental controls)

You can enable Restrictions, also known as parental controls, on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Restrictions stop you from using specific features and applications. Learn more about the types of Restrictions and how to enable or disable them on your device.

Using Restrictions

You can enable and adjust Restrictions on your device to prevent access to specific features or content on the device.

Please note that by enabling restrictions you may be limiting the iPad's abilitiy to be used effectively at College. For example, if the Safari App is restricted, students will not be able to use Safari to access the Internet at College.

Applying Restrictions

1. Tap Settings > General > Restrictions.

2. Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode. The passcode will be required to make changes to these settings or to disable Restrictions. Note: If you lose or forget a restriction passcode, you will need to perform a factory restore to remove it.

Once Enable Restrictions has been selected, access to specific Apps and content can be enforced. You can restrict access to the following applications and features on the device:

  • Safari
  • Camera (also disables FaceTime)
  • FaceTime
  • Siri
  • iTunes Store
  • iBooks Store
  • Podcasts
  • Installing apps
  • Deleting apps
  • In-App Purchases
  • AirDrop

You can prevent access to specific content types:

  • Ratings (select the country in the ratings section to automatically apply the appropriate content ratings for that region)
  • Music and podcasts
  • Movies
  • TV shows
  • Books
  • Apps
  • Siri
  • websites
  • You can also adjust the time necessary before a password is required to purchase content.

You can prevent changes to privacy settings, including:

  • Location Services
  • Contacts
  • Calendars
  • Reminders
  • Photos
  • Bluetooth sharing
  • Microphone
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Advertising

You can prevent changes to the following settings and accounts:

  • Accounts
  • Find My Friends
  • Cellular data use
  • Background app refresh
  • Volume limit

You can restrict features within Game Center:

  • Multiplayer games
  • Adding friends

Note: You can enable or enforce Restrictions using a profile (typically installed when using the device for business or education purposes). Check for installed profiles in Settings > General > Profiles. For additional information, contact the administrator or the person who installed the profile. To learn more about iOS software, see the user manual.

Additional Information

If your iOS device is missing a particular application or if a certain feature is not available, ensure that Restrictions are not enabled. Symptoms can include:

  • App missing from the Home screen (such as Safari, Camera, or FaceTime)
  • Feature or service unavailable (such as Siri or Location Services)
  • Setting missing or dimmed (such as Mail, Contacts, and Calendar; iCloud; Twitter; FaceTime)

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