iPad Restrictions

When you first had a child you placed them in a baby capsule to transport them in the car. You probably double checked the seat belts to ensure the straps were tight. When they were old enough your child began to use a car seat and then a child harness. After numerous years your child then was able to sit in the front seat. In teenage years they enrolled in driving lessons and finally acquired a license to drive themselves.

When it comes to having an iPad, too easily the iPad is given to the child and they are expected to know how to drive it and how to keep themselves safe. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Ask yourself this... Would you allow your child to install Apps, view explicit material, download novels in iBooks that contain adult content, purchase undesirable and sensitive Apps and watch a MA15+ movie?

I imagine your answer is "No!"

This said, however, you may have unknowingly provided them with the freedom to conduct inappropriate activity if you have not enabled restrictions. The process of setting iPad restrictions is simple and it is important for every parent to restriction iPad function to gain control and manage the device within their own home.

All one must do to enable iPad restrictions is collect the iPad from their child and click a few buttons here and there. If your child has a password lock, ask them what it is and this shouldn't be an issue considering parents are paying the fees for the IT levy.

With the iPad unlocked, go to the 'Settings' on the iPad. Then find 'General' and the section titled 'Restrictions'. At the top of the menu click the banner 'Enable Restrictions' and then select a secret password that you will never forget. Now a parent can use the toggles to determine if access to FaceTime, Safari, Installing Apps and various other things is desired. Within 'Allowed Content' the various ratings and age restrictions can be set to restrict access to explicit material. Ensure Australian Ratings are selected and set the boundaries for music, videos, TV shows, books and other options. In some circumstances G, PG, M, MA15+ or R18 are available. Set the boundaries of age restriction and options that reflect your family values.

Privacy settings can also be set within the area of enabled restrictions. Location services can be changed to limit the degree to which someone can be found. In some circumstances location services can actually assist some services. Within Safari and Google for example, location settings can actually improve the accuracy of results and source local information to enhance research to find relevant information and material.

Gaming can be an issue for some students and many Apps within iTunes use Game Centre. Within Restrictions, parents can control multiplayer gaming options and the ability to connect with friends and unknown people. Sometimes paedophiles may use games as a method of grooming children and for this reason parents must maintain control and limit the degree of time expenditure wasted on activities that impact learning. Parents are reminded that the iPad is a learning device and Apps of a gaming nature should not reside on school owned devices and routine checks will be conducted on campus.

iPad 'Enable Restrictions' are a child safety seat & child harness for the web. Protect your children on the Internet Super Highway! Don't let your child behind the steering wheel until they are responsible. Take charge, take control and navigate the success and learning of your child through enabling iPad restrictions.


  1. Thank you for the information, as I was wondering how to go about this. Could you tell me please, how do you lock your teenager out of certain apps at home, and then make sure that they can still connect at school without telling them the password?

  2. Unfortunately to block children out of various Apps you are restricted to some degree, however, your home filtering may be able to limit some unwanted behaviour. I highly recommend checking out Settings> General> Accessibility> Guided Access. Rather than locking students out of Apps, you lock them in an App. This way... they can only do their homework! I plan on doing a blog entry on this in the near future.

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