Setting Restrictions On The iPad

1. Enable Restrictions (please see video at bottom of post for directions)

All of the parental controls rely on you to enable restrictions and enter a PIN number that you keep secret.

To enable restrictions, touch the settings icon on your iOS device, choose “General”, and then touch “Restrictions”.

On the “Restrictions” page, choose “Enable Restrictions”. You will now be prompted to set a PIN number that you will need to remember and keep from your kids. This PIN number will be used for any future changes you want to make to the restrictions that you have set.

2. Consider Disabling Safari and Other Apps.

Under the “Allow” section of the restrictions page, you can choose whether you want your child to be able to access certain apps such as Safari (web browser), Youtube, FaceTime (video chat), and several other of Apple’s built-in apps. If you don’t want your child to have access to these apps, set the switches to the “OFF” positions. You can also disable the location reporting feature to prevent your child from publishing their current location in apps like Facebook.

3. Disable “Installing Apps”

You can prevent installing apps from the App Store by setting the “Installing Apps” feature to the “OFF” position. You can still install apps; you’ll just need to enter your PIN number before doing so.

4. Disable In-app Purchases

Many apps allow in-app purchases where virtual goods can be bought with real-world money.

5. Disable iMessage

How to disable iMessage (website instructions)

Please check out the following video for instructions on how to enable the above-mentioned settings:

Child restrictions video for iPad.



One thought on “Setting Restrictions On The iPad

  1. kidsprivacy March 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm Reply

    I have been hearing a lot about imessage and kids participating in group chats. Nice to see parents have an option to disable it.

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