While childproofing your home may sound an exhausting task (and rightly so), childproofing your iPad is a pretty straightforward job. That doesn't mean it's a one-tap solution, though. Lucky for us, in spite of the whole process of childproofing an iPad is a time-consuming process, it's easy to follow without any complicated setup. In this article, we provided a step-by-step guide for you about how you can do childproof your iPad without any hassle.
How to enable restrictions on your iPad?
We will start by turning on the restrictions. Setting up Parental Restrictions means you can decide which apps will show up on the iPads screen for access and which won't. So, to do that, let's tap on the "settings" button on your screen, and from there choose "general settings" which you'll find on the left side of the screen among the menus. Just scroll down a bit and there you go, the "restrictions" button is waiting for your tap. Tap on that, and you'll enter into the restrictions menu.
Now, you have to enable the restrictions, and I guess you already tapped on that button. Enabling restrictions would prompt you for a passcode, put a random four-digit one which should be different than your iPad unlock code. This passcode is important, so make sure you don't put any number based on your or your child's birthday or numbers like 0000 or 1111, or like that. If you want to childproof your iPad, you must put a passcode which can't be guessed by your kid, trust me they are way smarter than you think!
Should you disable in-app purchases?
Okay, as you already set up your restrictions passcode, it's time to decide which things you should restrict to make your iPad childproof. We can start by limiting the in-app purchase option. Why should we do that? Because if that option is not blocked, then your kid can buy paid "extras" using your credentials and the monthly credit card bill would be a nasty surprise for you. If you think your kid play all the free games and use free apps only, think again. Most of the popular games and apps are not actually free; they are "freemium." Freemium means they are free to download and free to access up to a certain extent, and then you have to pay to access more advanced features of that game or app. Such freemium apps are extremely popular, and kids often can't resist the urge to spend to progress further in a game or app. Hence, to avoid getting that "shock" due to a hefty bill from your credit card company, the very first restriction should be placed on the in-app purchase feature on your iPad, and to know how to do that, please keep reading.
Turning off this particular feature makes the in-app purchase option disabled in any game or app. Then even if your kid wants to purchase anything within an app, he/she couldn't do that, and you can have some peace of mind knowing there won't be any big bill waiting for you in your mailbox in a fine morning. To disable this option, simply go to the restriction page, which is now enabled and password protected. There you can turn that option off.
Is blocking the App Store permanently is a good idea?
Now, this may seem a little bit extreme to turn the app store totally off when you're handing the iPad over to your child, but it makes sense really. Today's kids are smarter than over, thanks to overexposure to all sorts of things like smartphone, computer, and internet. Even if your kid is only a few years old, it will take a little time for him to figure out how to download apps from the app store. Now, if your kid wants to download an app from the store, even if it's a free app, the app store would ask for the password. However, if you have used the iPad and you have put the password recently, there's a small window of time when there is no need of the password again. If your kid gets the access of your iPad within that window, he/she can download apps or games easily, and there won't be any password needed.
Moreover, if you give the iPad to your kid exclusively, It would be a better idea to turn the app store off permanently. If you do that, your child won't even be able to browse inside the app store. That will save you from the hassle of saying "no" to your kids every time they find anything fun in the store and request for your permission to download that.
Also, you probably should think about restricting the ability to uninstall any app. Just think this way, you already disabled the app store. So, if your child accidentally uninstalls any essential app from your iPad, first you may lose your crucial or settings of that app. Secondly, you'll have to bear the trouble of restoring the app store on your iPad again, then re-download that app, and finally, you'll have to disable the app store, once again.
What about restricting apps based on your kid's age?
If your child is not that small, but probably in her/her teen already; you should not block the app store outright. They should be allowed to access some of the apps or games, based on their ages. Here Apple did a commendable job by sorting the apps and content based on age. Their apps can be categorized by almost every age bracket, like 4+ (safe for anybody with an age of 4 and more, mostly cartoon type things), 9+ (similarly, apps marked with this bracket are appropriate for any kid of 9 and older, entry-level games are allowed in this section ), 12+ (safe for teenagers, like games with mild violence) and 17+ (pretty much everything else).
Furthermore, you can apply similar age-restrictions for other things on your iPad like media, movie, music, TV series, websites, books, etc. For instance, if you want to make sure your child only view the movies appropriate for his age, there is a rating system for movies which you can use. If a film is rated PG-13, that means this movie is not suitable for children under the age of 13. So, if your kid is only 11 years old, you better restrict those movies, and your iPad allows that to do so easily.