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The iPad's Restrictions Tools and Settings

Parents and bosses may love the iPad's Restrictions tools, but kids and employees usually think otherwise. You can provide proper parental guidance to your children by preventing them at least some of the time from using the Safari browser, YouTube, Camera, FaceTime, iTunes, Ping, Location Services, or Game Center. Or, you might not let them install new apps or make purchases inside the apps you do allow.

When restrictions are in place, icons for off-limit functions can no longer be seen. Tap Enable Restrictions, set or enter your passcode — you have to enter it twice if you are setting up the passcode — and tap the buttons next to each item in the Allow or Allowed Content lists that you plan to restrict. Their corresponding settings show Off.

You can also restrict the use of Dictation or at least the use of explicit language when you dictate text. (An asterisk, *, replaces a naughty word.)

Parents have even more controls to work with. For instance, you can allow Junior to watch a movie on the iPad but prevent him from watching a flick that carries an R or NC-17 rating.

You can also restrict access to certain TV shows, explicit songs and podcasts, and apps based on age-appropriate ratings. In Game Center, you can decide whether your kid can play a multiplayer game or add friends. Don't feel guilty: You have your users’ best interests at heart.

If you want, you can turn off Restrictions. Open the Restrictions setting by again typing your passcode. Then switch the On/Off setting back to On for each setting you free up. Tap Disable Restrictions. You have to enter your passcode one more time before your kids and office underlings return you to their good graces.

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