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January 15 2016


Parental Controls for youngsters Tablets

Kids tablet
When dealing with new technology, there's always a learning curve trying to puzzle out all the ins and outs of the countless features. Today's cellular devices have come a long way when it comes to simplicity and simplicity, but if you are not used to Apple devices or from the Android platform, you may be unfamiliar with the menus for Parental Controls.

Kids tablet
iOS calls parental controls "Restrictions" and changing them on your child's tablet is actually comparatively straightforward. Just go to Settings>General>Restrictions. Once from the Restrictions menu, you'll touch the "Enable Restrictions" button at the very top. Once pressed, you may be forced to enter a password. The password is essential (make sure you remember it! Should you enter the wrong password lots of times, the device will lock) and will also be forced to enter the password any time you want to make changes for the restrictions or to turn them don and doff.

As you scroll down over the restrictions list, you can see lots of different controls that may be selected to make the tablet more kid friendly. A few of the areas that can be restricted would be the ability to install apps, purchase content on iTunes (books, movies, music), or utilize the camera or FaceTime. A great many other restrictions are available as well. I have found that the power to restrict access to TV, movies, as well as other media based on ratings is specially useful. These ratings are similar to what you see on games or movies, so all parents will have a different interpretation of what's appropriate for their kids.

You are also able to restrict changes to some whole host of Privacy settings including: Reminders, Contacts, Photos, Calendars, Twitter, and Facebook. This may keep prying eyes (and little kid fingers) from making changes about bat roosting settings or making embarrassing posts on social networking sites on your behalf. However, there are a few limitations to all of such Parental Controls. For one thing, there is not currently a means to create multiple logins for multiple users. This is troublesome in families with multiple kids who use tablets. It also means that if an adult desires to use the iPad following a kid, you need to turn on/off the Restrictions. Hopefully Apple will these issues with multiple logins from now on releases of iOS, as that would add greatly to working with their tablets for youngsters.

All in all, however, the Parental controls entirely on iOS provide a easy way to make a regular tablet a tablet for kids

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