Tired of oil stains on your precious gadgets and worried that it will fall to the ground and break into a thousand pieces? With a little help, you can childproof your iPad and be stress-free.
Why wouldn’t your child be fascinated with a gadget that is easy to operate and allows him/her to draw and paint with the mere touch of his/her fingers? But then, some things are too good to share, and the iPad happens to be one of them. With an easy touch interface and loaded with mesmerizing features, it happens to be the temptation source for most, children included. With such easy access, your child could accidentally delete some of your data, or applications or even result in unwanted downloading or purchasing of applications.
In the worst-case scenario, your kid could land up on sites that aren’t very child-friendly, and you sure wouldn’t want that happening; in such cases, it is always best to take necessary precautions and avoid unnecessary headache and tension.
Ways to Childproof an iPad
Use Parental Control
The iPad comes with an inbuilt security/restriction feature that requires a password to access the applications. Before you can start using your iPad, set a security password that will be easy for you to remember, but tough enough for your child to decipher.
Block Net Usage
Before you give your child access to the iPad, we suggest that you turn off applications that are net-based like YouTube, Safari etc.; besides, video conferencing, downloading applications and features, etc., should also be disabled for the safety of your kid. For safety measures, keep the features turned off or better still, create a special folder which will hoist your net access while restricting your young one from accessing them accidentally.
If you have decided to give your child access to the iPad, then you should consider creating a folder, which will hoist all of his/her favorite applications. This way, the child will have an easy access to applications that are kid-friendly and you can breathe without tension. You can even download a few educational applications beforehand; this way, your child can learn even while he/she is playing.
Review Net Access
After your child is done with his/her work on the iPad, go through the net history to get a glimpse of what has been accessed, even if it was done accidentally than intentionally. Keep them glued to the applications already installed on the iPad by downloading games and activities for your child beforehand.
Quick Guide to Setup Restrictions
- Go to the ‘Settings’ icon
- Click on the ‘General Settings’ menu
- Select ‘Restrictions’
- Enable ‘Restrictions’
- Set password
- Retype password
- Turn off net applications
- Turn off in-app purchases
Accessories to Childproof an iPad
One of the most important accessories that you should consider going in for is, the protective screen which is essentially a plastic sheet that acts as an invisible shield for your screen. With children, comes oily and grimy fingers, and the protective screen is the only answer to keep your iPad in working condition; the screen at least. Besides, it’s a good enough reason to keep it protected from dirt, dust and oil; you wouldn’t want to find scratches all over your screen within a week/month of purchasing your iPad.
It is a leather-bound case that forms a protective padded covering around your precious iPad. It works as a casing as well as a stand, thus, making it easier to carry as well as work with. It will ensure that even if your iPad falls to the ground, it won’t shatter to a thousand pieces. Moreover, it works as a perfect stand for your iPad, thus, taking away strain from your neck from having to hunch over the iPad for extensive hours; and it works well for children too.
This is a handy accessory to keep your iPad stain-free and scratch-free. The Pogo Sketch stylus can be used to draw/sketch whatever you or your child wants to. It works wonders, especially, when you want to teach your child the right technique to write. Owning a stylus will only help keep the iPad oil-free; besides, you wouldn’t have to keep cleaning it every time you want to use it.
Just like you need a writing pad beneath your papers that you can easily grip, this case comes with an easy grip at either ends. It makes it easy for the child to hold the iPad in his/her hands, plus minimizes the risk of having it slip from the hands and fall to the ground. Go in for cases with a soft, spongy foam that covers; this reduces the risk of your iPad developing cracks and dents.
Last but not the least, ensure that you have a warranty plan, that will cover accidental damage and cracked screens. Besides, it’s a gadget and a priced one too; so, it’s your take to see that it doesn’t get damaged while using it to play games or working.