If you have been looking to use your iPad so that your kids can enjoy it, you’ve come to the right place. This article has a number of ways that you can supercharge your iPad so that your kids can enjoy it for themselves and learn a lot while they’re doing it as well.
Childproofing the iPad
How much you childproof your iPad depends on how old your child is and what you feel is appropriate and inappropriate from them to use, from your point of view. You don’t have to use all of these childproofing tips, but pick and choose which ones will work best for your family’s situation.
- Turn on application restrictions. You can childproof it so that you can only allow your children to use certain applications when they are signed on to their account on the device. That way, you can make sure that they’re not browsing the internet or watching YouTube videos if you don’t want them to do so.
- Get Safe-Browse Options. If you do allow your children to use the ‘net on your iPad, then you can find an app or set SafeSearch restrictions on the device. That way, your child won’t be finding things that they shouldn’t, whether accidentally or on purpose.
- Turn off application downloads. That way, you don’t end up with dozens of apps that you didn’t want, and you don’t have to pay for them either.
- Turn off purchases. Some free to play apps have in-app purchases that you can use to make the games easier and such – turn those off, or you could end up with hundreds of dollars in costs that you didn’t want.
- Set timers. If you’re worried about how much time your child is going to spend on the device, then you can set timers for how long they are on their specific account at a time. That way, you can help restrict it (and you don’t have to worry about keeping track of it yourself and forgetting it).
As mentioned above, you don’t have to set up all of these restrictions; it’s up to you to pick and choose what you think your child needs.
Teach Your Children How to Use the Device
Before you start allowing them to use the iPad, talk to them about using it responsibly. Tell them about the safety things that you have in place and why you did that – that way, they can learn why you’ve made those decisions and how it helps to keep them safe. This is more for older children, as you would expect, but they will be more likely to respect you and the boundaries that you’ve set if you explain to them exactly why you did so.
Bring on the Apps!
Of course, what good is doing all of this if you don’t have apps that your child can use? Some of these are for younger children; others are for older children, all of them are meant to provide hours of fun, education, and entertainment.
1. Star Walk.
This fun app is for children of any age – yes, even you mom and dad. You can check out the stars with your iPad and get the specifications of exactly what you’re looking at. You can learn about stars and constellations and you can also check out the schedule of astronomical events so that you don’t miss anything that’s in the sky. You can download and browse Vito Technology’s excellent kid apps from their website here.
2. Agnitus – Games for Learning.
This app is incredibly versatile, because it comes pre-downloaded with a number of different games and activities that are good for children who are about to go into preschool and/or are in preschool (ages 2 and up). The games are all educational and the app keeps track of your child’s progression through the learning games, so that you can help them emphasize the areas they may be struggling with. Visit Agnitus here.
3. Pet Bingo.
If your child is getting to a point where they are starting to learn basic addition and subtraction, and they love animals, then you can have fun with Pet Bingo. The puzzles are based in arithmetic and it can help your child get ahead in this realm of learning.
4. PBS Kids.
If your kids like videos, but you’re anxious about them using another app to access them because of the questionable content that may be on them, you can try the PBS Kids Video app. All of the videos are kid-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about anything while they’re using it.
5. Chalk Pad.
If your child is an aspiring artist or they want to play school, the Chalk Pad app is a fun way for them to do so. Just like the chalk that you use for your driveway, it has multiple colors and different sizes, so you can use it just like you do a Paint application on your computer. This is a free app, but it has a sister app that you can try that is not free and offers paints, pencils and more (it’s called Drawing Pad).
6. WWF Together.
Does your child enjoy learning about animals? Many do, and one way to help them tap into that curiosity is by downloading this app. It helps your older children learn about animals from around the world, and it has a lot of fun, exciting features that you and your child will enjoy.
So, if you have been looking for a way to supercharge your iPad for your kids, these apps can help you to do so. Your kids can get a lot of information and have a lot of fun with your iPad, and it gives you some peaceful time to enjoy whatever you’re doing and/or get chores done without a lot of hassle.