7 things you should do before giving your iPad or iPhone to your child

 little baby baby chews on a mobile phone in colorful striped clothing

How you ever ended up having your important documents or apps deleted/random emails sent to your collegues? A couple of weeks ago Splash Math created an infographic: 10 Things That Can Happen When You Give Your iPad to Your Kid. Hilarious and so true! That article about the most common incidents was an inspiration for me for creating this little guide and infographic with tips how to protect your iPad/iPhone if you have children around it.

1. Buy a protective cover – accidents happen, but in this case they be easily prevented. Getting a cover for your device if your child uses it is a must: it will decrease chances of having your iPad/iPhone replaced much sooner than you intended to. Also consider purchasing a cushioned case that will help your device survive most falls.

2. Talk with your child about places where using iPad/iPhone is allowed. Set clear rules – make sure they understand which places are a big ”no no” – like a bathtub or a table in the dining room.

3. Set a password. If you are going to let your kid take the iPad/iPhone with them outside, think about setting a password. In order to do that tap ”Settings”, then ”General” and finally ”Password Lock” If your child loses the device, you won’t risk a stranger having access to the private information you stored there. Make sure that the password is not too easy  or too obvious, yet simple enough to be remembered by your child.

4. Control the content your child can view. Go to ”Settings”, tap ”General” and enter ”Restrictions” at the bottom of the page. Use the options there to control the content or apps your child can view. Choose a different password from the one you used in the previous tip. On the same page you can also disable the option of installing new apps or deleting them.

5. Disable in-app purchases. Having another character in a game or a great new item in the collection can be a temptation that will be too big for your kid to resist. 🙂 Save your wallet and their feelings by simply disabling in-app purchases. You can do it from the same place where you controlled the visible content. 

6. If your child is over 13, you can use monthly allowance plan – in that way you can control the amount of money your child spends on apps. It is also a great way to teach your child about finances. How to do that? Set up an iTunes account for them. Then go to ”Quick links” and tap on ”Send iTunes gifts”. After a window pops out, choose ”Learn more about gifting”. Scroll down to ”Allowances” section and choose ”Set up an allowance”. Fill in the information with your name, the recipient’s name, the amount of montly allowance and the date of the beginning. Done!

7. Create folders with files for your kid – your child will have their favorite apps, photos etc. in one place and that will decrease the chances of them roaming around the device.

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See you next week,

Magdalena | Appetite For Education

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