If you have bought your son or daughter an iPad, you’ve opened up a world of educational opportunities – we’ve designed this page to help you but also to provide some simple advice for staying safe on line.
To get you started, here are a few things you may find useful.
There are some simple rules and guides that you as a parent should bear in mind:
- If you are worried about inappropriate content, restrict internet access , either through your ISP or your device
- Keep an open and frank dialogue with your child, but do check into their device – look at the internet history and the camera roll / photos
- If you permit your child to be on social media – follow them!
- Keep a password book and make it your childs responsibility to update this (a great one is available from Amazon
- Know where you can get help, or send your child for help
Protect the Internet
Did you know you can ‘filter’ content on the iPad? In schools this means that iPads cannot access unsuitable content. And you can have this at home as well. Its simple to set up.
Using your ISP (Internet service provider) tools
- Filtering of content
- Timed access – controlling time and day access to the internet
- Reporting and logging
Give them a call or check out your ISP on line and they can help get this up and running.
Knowing where to get help
There are some fantastic web sites available for both parents and children.
For parents we recommend parentinfo – http://parentinfo.org/ Its chock full of brilliant advice and articles that cover every aspect of live on line – from anxiety, to exploitation, bullying, social media, vlogging – everything is covered in a simple to understand way full of practical advice.
For pupils – head on over to thinkuknow - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ - a brilliant site which allows children to choose their age and get lots and lots of help and advice on staying safe, on how to have fun on line and importantly how to report any issues they encounter.
Antivirus? Malware? Internet security? You don’t need it – everything is safe and protected . Its not a PC and it is impervious to all of that nasty stuff!
Most parents will set up their son or daughter with their account set up with a credit or debit card. Remember that you can set one up specifically for your child – fund it with gift cards (purchased from your local supermarket). We find that this helps control the account and teaches a level of responsibility in controlling spending. Oh, and it saves lots of money being spent on your card! As an alternative, Apple offer the fantastic Family Sharing facility to allow parents to share purchasing rights, apps and music with their children. Read more here
iPad comes with many levels of parental control. So , lets set this up and try and explain:
First, Tap the Settings icon. Now tap ‘General’ , and lastly restrictions:
Now tap the top of the screen ‘Enable Restrictions’ . You will be prompted to key in a four digit PIN. You will be asked to confirm this. Please please make this a memorable, secure PIN that is different from the iPads unlock PIN.
Now you can set any of the restrictions the iPad has available. Lets explain these one at a time:
- Safari – when off, internet browsing is totally disabled
- Camera – when off, cameras are disabled
- Facetime – when off, video calling is disabled
- iTunes – when off, no purchases can be made for movies, music, TV – such purchases would require a parental PIN
- iBookstore – when off, book purchases are disabled
- Installing apps – when off, app store cannot be accessed , and apps cannot be purchased
- Deleting apps – when off, apps canot be deleted from the iPad
- Music and Podcasts – set Explicit on OFF to prevent songs with explicit lyrics being played
- Films/TVprogrammes/Apps/Books – use these to set any age restrictions you would like to add
- In app purchases – set to OFF to disable open ended purchases in apps
- Require password – set this to Never to ensure a password needs entered for every purchase
- At the bottom of your page – multiplayer games and adding friends – set these to off to prevent kids playing each other over the internet.
Lots of choices there – our recommendations are:
- Installing and deleting apps to OFF
- If you have installed a secure browser – Safari to OFF
- Set all of the age limits correctly for all Music, Films, TV and Books sections
- In – App purchases to OFF
- Require password ‘Immediately’
- Multiplayer games and Adding friends to OFF
There is a very helpful guide you can download – just click here.
Extend school tasks
With many schools adopting iPad in the classroom, you can now get access to some fantastic educational resources via the App Store – these are the exact same apps that are used in the classroom. Buy them for your home iPad and you can extend the learning into your home. To get started, talk to the classroom teacher – they will have a list of apps they can recommend suited to your son or daughters needs. And if you want more ideas – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – let us know what year your child is in and we will give you a proven list of educational resources to grab. There is a great starter list for primary – here
We hope that helps – the iPad is such a powerful, educational resource, and your kids will love using it to learn.
er, what about Android?
Much of the same information applies to Android – a great starter guide specific to all of the Android settings can be found here from our friends at Joy of Android
Need more help? Call us or contact us any time.