7 steps to disabling iMessage!

iMessage can be an issue and sometimes parents may wish to disable the direct message functions of the iPad. iMessage can become addictive and young children feel need to respond instantly to screen alerts and direct messaging (DM). iMessage is simply text messages shared between iOS devices. Images, video and conversation can be exchanged using iMessage.

Some parents may find their children using iMessage while the children are suppose to be sleeping. It is highly recommended that iPads are not used within bedrooms and that WiFi is switched off during the night while family are sleeping.

Electronic devices should only be used in open areas and recharged overnight in a designated common area.

The iMessage native application can be disabled by following these seven simple steps.

1. With the iPad unlocked, locate 'Settings' and 'General'.

2. Turn 'iMessage' from 'On' to 'Off'

3. Access 'General Restrictions' and 'Enable Restrictions'.

4. Enter a four digit password and re-enter the details for verification.

5. Scroll down the options to locate 'Accounts'

6. Change 'Allow Changes' to 'Don't Allow Changes'

7. Return to 'Home Screen' and when 'iMessage' is open it fails.

Although this may stop iMessage, one will still be able to access the App Store and look for alternative ways to message friends. To prevent applications from be purchased revisit Restrictions and Disable the ability of 'Installing Apps'.

Parents should explore Restrictions and select options that reflect family values. Safari, iBooks and Camera will be used in class and therefore should not be turned 'Off'. Parents of young children may select to turn off 'Installing Apps' and 'Deleting Apps' to control what is downloaded to the device.


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