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Discussion in 'iPad 3 Forum' started by jaysrao, Jun 11, 2012.

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    I have a problem and I am looking out for solutions.

    I have an Ipad 3 and my daughter who is 9 years old also has an ipad. I notice that she installs a large number of games on the ipad. My original intent in buying the ipad to let her use educational apps such as Khan Academy videos and other such relevant material. However, she spends lot of time playing games on ipad and no time on educational apps. I am sure every parent faces the same problem :eek: I am already familiar with 'Restrictions' on Ipad settings. But that does not control third-party apps which is my source of the problem.

    1. Is there any app that allows only acces to games for a say 1 hour a day?
    2. Is there app that allows the child to play games only after she spends an hour watching a video on Khan Academy?
    3. What third-party application that you know of, whether it is desktop, mobile or ipad app that has great interface to restrict access to kids on a computing device?

    Thank you all in advance.
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    Must be a feature that comes ready installed on every nine-year-old!

    I have found that the only surefire way to prevent this phenomenon is to confiscate the iDevices and take the kids out to engage in non-electronic pursuits. All the pleading and promises that they will only hit educational websites etc. come to nothing when your back is turned. Every kid that visits my house brings an iPod Touch, and has access to my wifi. Within ten minutes, they neither know nor care where they are, so long as there is a "healthy" supply of adversaries or allies involved in whichever game they are playing. The only time I hear from any of them is when they need plugging in for a recharge!

    Ipads and iPods are great babysitters, but I think sometimes we, as adults, have to step up to the plate and provide the alternatives. Close supervision is the key when the kids are using their electronics, as the temptation to switch apps is always there.

    I feel your pain, and don't have any other suggestions beyond your local sports arena/swimming pool.
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    Can you change the iTunes password, so she can't download any more. I don't think there is such an app but you can monitor her time on the iPad. Buy a timer and set it for an hour, when it dings time for thenipad to be turned off.

    Good Luck!
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    Thanks for your inputs, guys.

    It sounds like there is no app to do something basic. May be it is time for me to develop this myself :)

    Anybody has any ideas as to what features this app should have? I have some ideas myself but just to see what other think.
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    iOS 6 has a feature which will allow you to set the iPad to access only one program, and disable the Home button to prevent going to another program. This might be something useful.
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    If you want to restrict the downloading of apps,follow these directions.
    Go to Settings>General>Restrictions,then enter your restrictions password.



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    image-2439792942.jpgIt is now impossible to download any apps unless you have access to the restrictions password and re-enable app downloads.
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    There is an app where you set a timer for your kids to play games at the end of the time limit an alarm goes off and you have to enter your password to stop it.

    App Store - Game Time Limit for Parents
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    Doesn't this disable all use of the device,not just games?
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    Yes it does, but it may be a workaround until the OP develops his app ;)
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    I suppose a workable solution if the parents can afford it is to have two iPads,one with the games on it and the Game time limit for parents app installed and a second one with the educational apps and downloading of new apps disabled.
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    My understanding of "Guided Access" in iOS 6 from today's keynote seems to be something that will enable you to do this. It specifically mentions also limiting access to the iPad in a classroom setting, or to limit what a user in general can do on it. Now if they only had separate user IDs as well!
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    Thanks for this info, my grandson just got an iPod Touch, and I can see future problems arising because of it.

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