How to Configure Parental Controls on the iPad - dummies

How to Configure Parental Controls on the iPad

If your children have access to your iPad or iPad mini, you probably don’t want them installing or deleting apps, or editing your account settings. Similarly, if they have tablets of their own, you may be a bit worried about some of the content they might be exposed to on the web, on YouTube, or in iTunes. You also might not want them giving away their current location.

For all those and similar parental worries, you can sleep better at night by activating the parental controls. Follow these steps to set these controls, and restrict the content and activities that kids can see and do:

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings. The Settings app appears.

  2. Tap General. The General screen appears.

  3. Tap Restrictions. The Restrictions screen appears.

  4. Tap Enable Restrictions. Settings displays the Set Passcode screen for you to specify a four-digit code that you can use to override the parental controls. (Note that this passcode is not the same as the passcode lock.)

  5. Tap the four-digit restrictions passcode, and then retype the code. Settings returns you to the Restrictions screen and enables all of the controls, as shown here.


  6. In the Allow section for each app or task, tap the On/Off switch to enable or disable the restriction.

  7. Under Allowed Content, tap Ratings For, and then tap the country with the ratings that you want to use.

  8. For each of the content controls — Music & Podcasts, Movies, TV Shows, Books, Apps, Siri, and Websites — tap the control, and then tap the highest rating you want your children to use.

  9. If you don’t want your children to be able to make purchases within apps, tap Require Password and then tap Immediately. This ensures that your children must type a password before they can make in-app purchases.

    If you leave the Require Password setting at 15 minutes, it means your kids can make in-app purchases without a password for up to 15 minutes after the initial purchase of the app.

  10. If you don’t want your children to make changes to certain settings, tap the corresponding setting types in the Privacy section, and then tap Don’t Allow Changes.

  11. If you don’t want your children to make changes to the current Mail, Calendar, or Contacts account settings, tap Accounts under Allow Changes, and then tap Don’t Allow Changes.

  12. If you don’t want your children to adjust the maximum volume limit you’ve set, tap Volume Limit, and then tap Don’t Allow Changes.

  13. In the Game Center section (which appears at the bottom of the Restrictions screen), tap the On/Off switches to enable or disable multiplayer games, and to enable or disable adding friends.