5 Ways To Make Your iOS Devices More Kid-Friendly And Child-Safe
By Sumai de Beer / Sofia AK
Kids born into the tablet generation are exposed to more gadgets, devices and Internet tools than any other generation before theirs.
Toddlers can navigate their way in a mobile device like a duck takes to water but they have little to no way of knowing how to be responsible with what they do to the contents of tablets and smartphones.
Anyone who has had lent a child his or her device, would sometimes find apps missing, or files displaced, or even worse new purchases that were made without parental or the owner’s consent.
While it is necessary to talk to them about handling these devices more responsibly, you can always fall back on the options available in iOS devices to better handle these mishaps.
Here are 5 tricks on how to turn your iOS devices into kid-friendly devices (applicable for iOS 6 and above).
1. Block In-App Purchases
If you have a lot of games on your iOS devices you will need this. With your credit card linked to your Apple ID, you really don’t want to make a purchase as easy as tapping a button, especially when the person tapping it does not understand what a ‘purchase’ means.
To block in-app purchases:
Tap on Settings > General > Restrictions.
If this is your first time using the restrictions feature, tap on Enable Restrictions.
You will be asked to set a 4-digit passcode. Enter the passcode twice for confirmation.
Scroll down until you see the ‘Allowed Content’ section.
Under ‘In-App Purchases’ toggle it OFF.
Future purchases will require the use of the passcode you have just set to proceed.
2. Disable iTunes, Installing & Deleting Apps