RegGuheert Posted November 9, 2011 Share Posted November 9, 2011 (edited) Right now we have two iPads: DS13 has one and I have one which is shared with the youngest four children. DS13 is pretty responsible with his, but I currently have the following restrictions in place: - I have put a restriction code on his iPad that he does not know (I hope) and I have In-App Purchases set to Off. This restriction is also on my iPad. I am pretty much opposed to those with very rare exceptions. So far I do not think we have made any such purchases. - I also restrict content to PG13 (or equivalent) for Music, Movies, TV and Apps. Maybe lower. - DS13 knows my AppleID and password so that he is able to do updates and download free games if he likes. So far all has gone well. I'm glad I have In-App Purchases turned off on my iPad, since it seems clear that one of my children would be purchasing Fish Bucks right-and-left without the restriction. But we are getting more iPads for Christmas. This will change things quite a bit, since the younger children will not be sharing their iPad with me anymore. And I *really* do not want to do all the maintenance and updates on their iPads. OTOH, I also do NOT want to give them my AppleID and password (except for DS12). The aforementioned child (not DS12) would likely drain our retirement savings if I did that! :glare: I think I will give DS12 the same level of freedom as DS13, but I'm trying to decide what restrictions to put on the younger three children. Here is what I am thinking right now: - Lock out Safari and YouTube. - Disallow changes to Location and Accounts. - Restrict content to PG13 (or equivalent) for Music, Movies, TV and Apps. Maybe lower. - Lock out Game Center. So my questions are these: - Is it possible to create a restriction that would allow them to *only* purchase FREE applications or books? I'm thinking this can be accomplished by allowing them to only get apps, movies and books from my iTunes installation by transferring them to their computers over the network and then syncing them to their iPads? I don't think that requires any password, but perhaps I am missing somthing? - Are there any restrictions I can place on books? Some of the books out there are pretty bad. (I guess if I avoid giving out the AppleID and password that will not be not an issue...) - Is there any way to effectively limit screen time? I do not want these to completely destroy MomsintheGarden's school environment. Currently it is only a minor issue since they have to share the one device. But I expect that will change after Christmas. Before the novelty wears off, I expect there may be some issues. Perhaps we could have them all stack their iPads together in a common location until school is done for the day? - Have you made other restrictions for your younger (below 12) children that you find effective? If so, please share that. - I know these iPads can be incorporated into their schooling since I have seen quite a few threads about that. That said, I will say that MomsintheGarden is pretty adamant about limiting the use of computers for school. I'm not about to oppose that, since I'm very pleased with how things are going. Still, I am wondering if there are areas in which you have found the iPad to be *indispensable* in your homeschool? If so, please let us know what those are and how it works. For instance, we have all the old classics on the iPads. Do you find they can read successfully on the iPad, or do they simply get distracted by all the other stuff they can do? Perhaps there is an excellent language program or something you use for drilling on multiplication tables that has no equal? Or maybe you find having the children work with PDFs on the iPad is much more convenient somehow than using paper, please share that. Any other thoughts on this subject? TIA! Edited November 9, 2011 by RegGuheert Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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