WHS 42 – iOS Restrictions – The Wired Homeschool

If you own an iOS device of any kind (iPod/iPad/iPhone) you’ve probably got iTunes installed on on your home computer.  iTunes is Apple’s portal to managing content (music/videos/apps/books) on all their devices.  Whether you’re using iTunes on OS X or Windows, there are valuable tools at your disposal for managing the content you allow your children to download, view, and purchase.

In part two of this series on iTunes and iOS, I’ll be covering iOS restrictions.  Restrictions are important if you’re going to give your child an iTunes allowance because they help control the type of content available on their device. Next week I plan to cover iTunes parental controls.

To access restrictions tap Settings > General > Restrictions.  You will be prompted to enter a 4-digit pass code.  This should be different from the one you use to unlock the device, especially if you’re configuring restrictions for your children.

Once you’ve entered a pass code, you can choose to restrict access to the following applications and features on the device:

  • Safari
  • YouTube
  • Camera (also disables FaceTime)
  • FaceTime
  • iTunes
  • Ping
  • Installing apps
  • Deleting apps
  • Multiplayer games in Game Center
  • Adding friends in Game Center

Additionally, you can choose to prevent changes to the following settings/accounts:

  • Location Services
  • Accounts (disables changes to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, iCloud, and Twitter accounts)

Finally, prevent access to specific content types:

  • Ratings (select the country in the ratings section to automatically apply the appropriate content ratings for that region)
  • Music and podcasts
  • Movies
  • TV shows
  • Apps
  • In-App Purchases

iOS restrictions are an important p[art of managing your child’s device.  Combine it with iTunes parental controls (which I’ll discuss next week) and an iTunes allowance and you can be confident that you and your children will have a positive experience with portable technology.

Keep in mind that no system is fool-proof and that you must be aware of how your kids are using their devices and what kind of content they are consuming.

Other articles mentioned in this podcast:

App Review – Planets for iOS
Look Up for April 2012
What Happens in an Internet Minute [Infographic]

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