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15 Jan 2016
Kids tablet
When dealing with new technology, often there is a learning curve considering all the ins and outs of the various features. Today's cellular phones have come a long way regarding simplicity and convenience, but if you are a novice to Apple devices or coming from the Android platform, you could be unfamiliar with the menus for Parental Controls.

Kids tablet

iOS calls parental controls "Restrictions" and changing them in your child's tablet is quite 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 your password. The password is key (make sure you remember it! In the event you enter the wrong password a lot of times, the device will lock) and you'll be forced to enter the password any time you want to make changes on the restrictions or to turn them on and off.

As you scroll down from the restrictions list, you'll see lots of different controls that may be selected to make the tablet more kid friendly. A number 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 capacity to restrict access to TV, movies, and other media based on ratings is particularly useful. These ratings are similar to what you see on games or movies, so all parents will have a different interpretation of what's appropriate for their kids.

You are also able to restrict changes to some whole host of Privacy settings including: Reminders, Contacts, Photos, Calendars, Twitter, and Facebook. This can keep prying eyes (and little kid fingers) from making changes about bat roosting settings or making embarrassing posts on social networking sites on your behalf. However, there are many limitations to all of these Parental Controls. For starters, there is not currently a method to create multiple logins for multiple users. This could be troublesome in families with multiple kids who use tablets. It also implies that if an adult wants to use the iPad from a kid, you need to turn on/off the Restrictions. Hopefully Apple will these issues with multiple logins from now on releases of iOS, as that would add greatly to getting their tablets for youngsters.

All in all, however, the Parental controls on iOS provide a easy way to make a regular tablet a tablet for children


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