The advancement of technology has allowed people today to enjoy comforts people from a hundred years ago may not have. It has made everyday living so convenient. Today, almost anything can be done at the touch of your fingertips.
One aspect that has immensely changed is how people consume entertainment. It used to be television programs and CD players. But technology giant and pioneer Apple Inc. has created gadgets like the iPhone, the iPod, and the iPad so people can take their entertainment anytime, anywhere. But how do you make these kid-friendly? Here are a few tips.
Protect Your Gadgets
Gadgets, especially the good ones, can be so expensive. You would want to protect them from unwanted scratches or even potential breakage especially when your kids play with them. One way to do this is by buying sturdy iPad cases.
Use ones that offer extra protection like being shockproof. Should your child accidentally drop your iPad, you won’t be too worried about the damage.
iPad cases do not always have to be black or white either. They can be cute and fun too! Sort through many choices, and choose the best one for you. You can even customize it with various accessories. Pick what best fits you, your child, and your style!
Guided Access and Restrictions
Apple’s iPad has made it easier for parents to manage what their kids are doing with their gadgets. One way is to enable Guided Access. To do this, go to your Settings app, then General, then head on to Accessibility before going to Guided Access.
This basically locks your child’s access to one app, giving them full access to it, but they won’t be able to leave the app without you guiding them out of it. To exit the app, however, press the Home button thrice, and enter the PIN you used to set up Guided Access.
You can also use restrictions. To do this, go to Settings, then General, then Restrictions. You will be asked to enter a PIN. Of course, make sure this is not the same as your lock-screen code, and don’t share it with your child.
Restrictions are divided into five: allowed, allowed content, privacy, allowed changes, and Game Center. Adjust each section to your liking and to what you think is best for your kids.
Group-Related Child-Friendly Apps
There are many apps you can find on the Apple Store. However, as a parent, it is your responsibility to manage which apps are being downloaded into your iPad. Make sure that these apps are age-appropriate for your kids.
You can also group apps together, especially the ones your kids can access and play. Grouping apps together also help your iPad’s screen less cluttered.
Protect Your Child’s Privacy
Secure your privacy by controlling what your downloaded apps can access in your iPad. Some apps can actually secretly collect your data and sell them to third-party companies. Disable an app’s access to your microphone and location to avoid having your device tracked.
Another way to protect your privacy as well as that of your child is to disable their multiplayer games, their ability to add friends (whom they do not know especially if they are just online acquaintances), and screen recording.
Technology has made modern lives so much easier and better. But as a parent, it is up to you to be on guard of the hidden dangers lurking on the interwebs. There are so many people out there who can take advantage of unguarded data, and that is an equally alarming threat as that of your kid accidentally accessing an app he/she isn’t supposed to.
Keeping a secure environment on the internet for your child can be difficult. However, by taking a few steps to ensure he/she has one is all worth it. It will keep your peace of mind as a parent.