Setting Up an iPad for Your Child

iPads hold access to a world of exciting apps, movies and music. But many of these items cost money, or are inappropriate for children. It is difficult to keep a child from wanting to use the iPad, however, and it does have a lot of child-friendly apps that can keep them entertained or educate them. So if you’ve decided that you are going to let your child use your iPad, you may be wondering if there is a simple way to block access to the content you don’t want them seeing, while still allowing them to use the parts of the device that you want them to. Fortunately Apple has included a feature called Restrictions that will allow you to do this, and we have a few tips below on the best ways to configure your iPad so that your child can use it.

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Using Restrictions on an iPad So a Child Can Use It

Note that these settings are going to temporarily restrict you from using the App Store and iTunes as well. However, you will be setting a password that you can use to access the Restrictions settings and re-enable certain options so that you can download media or apps. So, with that in mind, you can follow the tutorial below to get started making your iPad more kid-friendly.


Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the ipad settings menu



Step 2: Select the General option at the left side of the screen.

open the general menu



Step 3: Select the Restrictions option at the right side of the screen.

touch the restrictions button



Step 4: Touch the Enable Restrictions button at the top of the screen.

how to set up an ipad for a child



Step 5: Choose a passcode, then enter it.

enter a passcode



Step 6: Re-enter the passcode to confirm it.

confirm the passcode



Step 7: You will notice that everything should be turned on, as indicated by the green shading around each of the buttons. You can disable each setting by moving the slider to the left, which will remove the shading. In the image below, for example, I have disabled access to the iTunes Store, Installing Apps, Deleting Apps and In-App Purchases.

choose which features to enable or disable



Step 8: You can also select which level of content you want to allow. In the image below, for example, I have chosen to allow only Clean music and podcasts, PG movies, TV-PG TV Shows and Apps that are appropriate for children 9+.

choose which content restrictions to enable



When you exit the Settings menu, you will notice that, depending upon which restrictions you chose, some icons may be gone, such as the App Store and iTunes. It’s always a good idea to try and do something that you have restricted to make sure that you child won’t be able to do it, just to confirm that the settings have been enabled correctly. You can then hand over the iPad, confident that they will not be able to access content that may be inappropriate for them.

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