As a family with iPads, both children love to use them as we are in a very tech world I've never minded them using them. I didn't think about the dangers until recently. Lexie enjoys the puzzle games, colouring and watching Netflix. Raiden loves the games mine craft, Simpsons, smurfs. All these are pretty harmless which you can download ( free ) and I've always thought very educational they all require problem solving, counting money, building up things and missions to complete. We have a password on the iPad so they can't buy or download any games unless we type the password in. He is limited to 60/90 mins depending on behaviour. I've heard horror stories have kids have racked up £100s buying extras for games with a simple click.
He also is obsessed with watching people playing pikmin and mario on YouTube. He normally uses the iPad next to me and I've always looked over and it's been a simple tutorial of the game. A few weeks ago, he was sitting at the table giggling to himself. When I asked him what he was laughing at. He produced a video of a cartoon princess peach having a baby. I've got to say I was rather mortified, while he thought it was hilarious. After reading this article from PC Advisor as extra help. It got me wondering what else he could access, as really it isn't entirely safe for anyone online, much less young children.
If you look at this article from the Daily Mail Norton Family was actually voted as the best filter for blocking a wide spectrum of offensive content and is recommended for families with young children.
The additional features are:
- Video monitoring: Shows you the YouTube and Hulu videos your kids watch on their PC or Mac.
- Mobile app supervision: Lets you know which apps kids install on their Android device and lets you block specific apps or types of apps. Probably more suitable for if you’ve got older kids…
- Text Message supervision: Shows you what your kids say in text messages and lets you choose who they can exchange messages with. Again here…this might be more suitable for parents with older kids.
- Weekly/Monthly Email reports: Emails you detailed activity reports weekly, monthly or both; probably more suitable for if you’ve got older kids…
My five three tips for keeping children safe on the ipad :
1) Password your iTunes account so they can access stuff to buy and download.
2) Set Media Parameters - You can decide on which age range to set which is appropriate to there age.