Parental Controls

Setting Up Parental Controls on the iPad

1.  To turn on Restrictions > Go into Settings > Select General > Select Restrictions

Setting up parental controls on the iPad - How to turn on restrictions


2.  Select “Enable Restrictions” at the top of the screen.

3.  Enter a 4 digit passcode that only you (the parent) will know and then confirm again.


Setting up parental controls on the iPad - Restriction passcode


4.  Once you have the iPad’s parental controls enabled, you will be able to set different restrictions and even restrict some of the default applications that came with the iPad. This includes the Safari browser, YouTube and iTunes, so you can restrict your child’s ability to view websites, watch videos and purchase music from their iPad.


You can also turn off the ability to install apps. You can still get apps on the iPad by installing them to iTunes and syncing them to the iPad, which will allow you to have complete control over which apps are on the iPad.


If you don’t need that much control, you can set a ratings restriction for what type of apps can be installed on the iPad.  The rating system for the iPad has 4 categories, as follows:


Here are the different iPad app ratings categories:

  • 4+. This is the rating for an application with no objectionable material. You can think of it like a G rated movie.
  • 9+. This rating may include cartoon violence and/or mild suggestive, horror or fear-themed content not suitable for very young children. Think of it like a PG movie.
  • 12+. This category of app may contain infrequent mild language, intense cartoon violence, realistic violence or mild use of mature or suggestive themes. It may also contain simulated gambling. It’s subject matter could be similar to a PG-13 movie.
  • 17+. These applications contain mature themes like frequent realistic violence, sexual content and references to alcohol, tobacco and/or drugs. It is not suitable for anyone under 17 and can be treated like an R rated movie.

Another good thing to turn off is in-app purchases. Many free apps allow in-app purchases, which is how they make their money. This type of monetization can be seen in apps like Pocket Legends, which is a great iPad app, but parents must be aware that it allows for the purchase of in-game money.


Setting up parental controls on the iPad - App rating restrictions

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