Purposeful iPad Settings: Kids

Regulating iPad Usage

If you have children you may be aware of how difficult it can be to regulate time and usage for them on technology.  There are a lot of apps claiming to do these things for a monthly charge.  These are the three essential settings that I use constantly with my children.  They are free and you already own them.


The first thing you should do on any iPad/iPhone that a child uses is set the Restrictions.  You can do this by going to Settings > General > Restrictions on the iPad/iPhone itself.

There are many settings under Restrictions that you can turn off or on depending on your needs and the age of the child.

Guided Access

If you want to lock your child into a specific app AND set a time limit OR simply lock them into one app with no time limit you need to set Guided Access.  Do this by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access on the iPad/iPhone itself.

After Guided Access is turned on, go to the app you want your child to use.  Open it and then press the home button three times quickly.  This will activate Guided Access.  You can now enable or disable the touch screen, set a time limit, enable or disable volume controls, enable or disable specific areas of the screen, enable or disable keyboards, enable or disable motion, and enable or disable the sleep/wake button.


If you want your child to be able to use any app they choose (or within the restrictions you set previously) but you want to set a time limit for their iPad/iPhone usage you need to simply set the Timer on the iPad/iPhone itself.  Do this by going to Clock > Timer > Stop Playing.

The iPad/iPhone will lock when the time is up so it is also important that there is a password set for the iPad/iPhone and that the child doesn’t know the password.

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