How to Setup Parental Controls on an iPad

Today’s classrooms benefit from using handheld computers, specifically the iPad. Research studies document many advantages of using the iPad for educational use. iPad use may also bring concern to many parents. According to Google Keyword Tool, the term “iPad porn” receives around 300,000 searches monhly. Therefore, while you may want your child to have an iPad, you may still want to limit your child’s iPad usage or forbid certain types of usage.

Ipad settings restrictions

The first thing you can do is enable Restrictions to prevent your child’s access to specific features.  To do this, simply tap Settings > General > Restrictions and tap Enable Restrictions and enter a 4-digit passcode. To disable resctirions, tap Disable Restrictions, then re-enter your passcode. If you forget your passcode, you must restore the iPad.

restrictions pass

iPad restrictions

When restrictions are enabled, the following features or apps can be restricted:

  • Safari
  • YouTube
  • Camera (this will also disable FaceTime)
  • FaceTime
  • iTunes
  • Ping
  • Installing apps
  • Deleting apps

The following settings can be prevented:

  • Location Services
  • Accounts (Mail, Contacts, Calendars, iCloud, and Twitter)

The following content types can be prevented:

  • Ratings (Note: Not all countries have a rating system.)
  • Music and podcasts
  • Movies
  • TV shows
  • Apps
  • In-App Purchases

Third party solutions

You may want a secure and safe web browsing for your family. There are various apps for this.  The most famous one is Mobicip, which is available at the app store for $4.99.


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