How to make your iPad child friendly

A guide for parents on how to make the iPad child friendly and safe

Have you ever put your child onto an app only to come back 10 minutes later and find them messing around with the camera or using a completely different app? The youngest children often do this because they accidentally pressed a button and didn’t know how to go back whilst older children do it because, well, that’s what they do isn’t it? With Guided Access you can prevent all that.

How to make your iPad child friendly

Guided Access

Guided Access allows you to lock your child into a single app. You can set a time limit so the iPad becomes disabled after a set period, excellent to help keep tabs on and control how long your children are spending on the iPad. I’ve found this feature particularly useful. Guided access can also control access to features such as the sleep / wake button as well as volume, motion, keyboard and touch controls. If you want to lock your child into a movie, for example, then you can choose to disable all the iPad controls so the movie stays on and plays without interruption. Guided Access is so easy to set-up and use that it's a surprise so many parents don't know it exists!

To set-up guided access:

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To use guided access:

And that’s it. Now you can set your little ones off to use the iPad and know that they’ll only be able to use the app or game you’ve set for the time limit you’ve given. Voila!

Other useful tips for using Guided Access:

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