How to Kid Proof your iPad

When I first got my iPhone and iPad one of the more frustrating things for me was the fact my kids would roam all over it changing stuff. Well that and the fact they would use it while eating Cheetos. I have yet to solve the Cheetos issue. I did however, discover that apple come out with a very easy very brilliant way to keep kids at home or at school locked into only the app you want them in.

How to kid proof you iPad in a few basic steps

1. Go to your settings icon > press the general tab >then press the accessibility tab

2. Once in the accessibility tab select > select guided access

Apps that limit my child’s time on the iPad.

I wrote this article a couple of years ago it has been very helpful for lots of people. When I wrote this article“>Circle and“>Circle Go were not an option. What I currently use now is Circle. It cost $100.00 and for $4.99 you can have your settings stay on up to 10 phones anywhere they go including data streaming via their wireless data cell plan. Circle is well worth the money you will spend. You control their time on and off their devices as wells as time on specific apps if you choose. It filters content coming in as well as time on the device. It is a must if you have kids on devices of ANY kind. If you can’t afford Circle this article gives you some free options to help you.

A few years ago, I talked about the need to limit time on devices for kids. While these devices are life-giving for kids and a game changer for kids with autism, most kids are on them too much. Limit time on these devices is difficult. So I thought some practical advice would help.  Below is a free suggestion via The iTeach hub.

So how do you limit the length of a user’s session on an iPad?

One easy way that this can be achieved is with the Clock app. It is an Apple app that should be already on your iDevice. Follow these simple steps below to use the Clock app to set the duration of a user’s session:

  • Launch the Clock app and select Timer.
  • Set the timer for the amount of time that you would like your child to have access to the device for (in hours and minutes). Also, check that in Sounds (iPad) that Stop Playing is selected. If it is not select that option.

If you are using an iPhone or iPod the When Timer Ends display shows this information. Make sure it displays Stop Playing.

  • Press Start and give the device to the user. After the timer runs out the device will bring up the Lock screen.
  • If a Passcode Lock is set then the user will not be able to get access to the device without entering it.

The Clock app could also be used to transition students with special needs. When in the clock app this can be done by selecting Sounds at the top-left of the screen (When Timer Ends in iPhone/iPod). Select an option for a sound you want your child/students to hear as the timer finishes. This sound will be played every time the timer is activated but the device will not lock when a sound option is selected. If you use this feature as a sharing timer. You will need to activate the timer again for the next session. Simple.

The 10 best iPad apps


Here are the 10 iPad I can’t live without. They are the first apps I install on any new iPad or IPhone I buy.

Feedly – I was a google reader fan and used Mr. Reader on my iPad with google closing the doors on google reader I have made the switch to Feedly the transition was seamless. I love the layout options and experience Feedly provides. I blogged about the switch to feedly here.

Downcast – Love how this app makes the listening subscribing and function of podcast infinitely easier than apple does. It allows you to stream content saving space on my device. I can also download episodes for offline enjoyment.

Agenda – This is an alternative to the native iOS Calendar application. I like its simple and elegant interface much better. It is just more intuitive to me. (I also use it on my iPhone.) It connects directly to Google Calendar, which is what I use to manage my appointments.

Mailbox – This to is an alternative to the native iOS application called mail. I like that it forces me to deal with mail in an organized fashion without allowing them to be buried in a folder somewhere. Mailbox has a clean simple workflow that if you use gmail you must use this app it’s fantastic.

Evernote – I love Evernote – I use evernote to for tons of things from cataloging messages, illustrations, book notes to keeping copies of my receipts and even a copy of my passport should be abroad and lose it, I will always have a copy handy.

New City Catechism – This app was created by Redeemer Church in New York City. Keller and his team created a 52 week catechism based on  The Heidelberg Catechismof 1563 and Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms of 1648. The app is beautifully laid out and easy to use. Our family goest through it together over dinner.

Kindle Reader –  Love reading books on my iPad mini. It is the perfect size I have used an actual kindle reader but most often prefer my ipad. The reason I prefer the iPad as a Kindle reader is because I use Evernote to log my notes on a book and use Drafts to send out quotes to all my social media sources. Here is a great article from Michael Hyatt on importing highlight from your Kindle books into Evernote.

Drafts – In Drafts you can get that text down quickly and decide what to do with it later. Extensive output options let you send text to Twitter, Facebook,, email, SMS, a Calendar event, quickly save it to Dropbox or Evernote – or forward it to a growing list of other Apps such as OmniFocus, Things, Fantastical, Byword, Sparrow and more. Customize actions to fit into any workflow.

YouVersion Bible – One of the first apps available on the iPhone was YouVersion by I love what they have done with this app and how they continue to improve it. I use it in church and I use the Bible reading plans for my daily reading at home. – I use for storing and sharing files rather than dropbox because I find Box sharing abilities much more flexible  I also downloaded the iPad app a few months back and got 50gb of storage for life.