4 iPad Tips For Parents
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4 iPad Tips For Parents

In the digital world, it is essential for one to be as safe as possible. For this reason, you should make it a point to have frequent talks with your children in order to ensure they are protected. Experts have said that online threats are a huge problem for children when they are in their own homes. Take the time to read this page on Digital Citizenship and adhere to the following suggestions. They can help you educate your children on the proper way to use technology, including iPads, while they are in the home.

Internet Content Filters

There is built-in content filtering on an iPad, but it is basic, which means that they are still susceptible to threats. While schools have all kinds of blocks and filters in place to protect those who use their networks, many children have access to all kinds of sites when they are in the home. It is suggested that you install filters to make inappropriate content inaccessible from your network. OpenDNS (which has a free version) offers parental control options that will protect all of your devices, including the iPad.

Limit And Monitor Screen Time

It is a good idea to have your children use the Internet in a central area, like a den or kitchen, instead of using it in a private area, like their bedroom. You should be aware of what your child is doing every moment they are on the Web. While technology is a useful resource, it can also be a huge distraction. Assist your child with focusing on any assignments before they are allowed to perform leisure activities. Showing children how to access needed information without being distracted is imperative. It is best that they learn this before finishing school and going out into the workforce.

There are some apps you can download for iPad, like Parent TimeLock, that will allow you to set limits on your children's devices. Search the App Store to find one that meets your particular needs.

Enable Restrictions

There are Restriction Settings on the iPad that will limit access to certain services, like web browsing on Safari and accessing social media sites. You can also lock it so only one application is accessible, like iBooks or the app you use for online english tutoring. This means they can read all the books they want, but will not be allowed to do anything else. Click here for more information.

Putting The iPad To Sleep (Not In A Bedroom)

When it is bedtime, take the iPad and any other mobile devices and place them in a common area. This will prevent unmonitored use and ensure a good night's rest. Do not allow children to take these devices to bed. You can also consider placing the device's charger in your bedroom instead of somewhere your child can access.