Monday, March 19, 2012

New iPad? Tips for handing down older version iPads from PBS Kids.

The new iPad is out! What will you be doing with your older iPad? Most parents will be handing down their older version iPads to their children.

According to a recent survey conducted by PBS, nearly a quarter of parents with children ages 2-10 will be finding a new life for their devices by handing down their old iPads to their children. Multi-iPad families are becoming the norm, but how do we keep children safe when using tablets?

Thanks to PBS Kids, for the following awesome tips, we can ensure our devices are properly and thoroughly safe for our children.

SWEEP IT: All devices should be cleaned of any content including personal files, credit card information, ect.. before handing down to children, parents should swipe all their browser "cookies" and perform an application sweep.

SECURE IT: There are parental controls on most. Tech devices that can turn certain features on and off. Settings on the iPhone for example, that can be restricted include Explicit Song Titles, Internet Browser, Youtube, iTunes, and the Camera.

SET LIMITS: As with any new toy, parents should set expectations and limitations with their children, when the device is handed down, and should encourage other forms of learning and play beyond the screen.

FIND THE RIGHT APPS FOR YOUR CHILD: A good app is the perfect combination of education and entertainment, and should be appropriate for your child's age and stage of development.

AVOID APPS THAT TRY TO SELL: Apps labeled "lite" or "free" often attempt to make money by trying to see virtual items while a child is playing a game or link to another. Related app that requires payment to download. Select apps from trusted sources, and make sure that they are not trying to market to your child.

Thanks so much PBS Kids for these great tips and for allowing me to share with all my wonderful readers!!

*Disclaimer- I didn't receive anything for this post. I chose to share this with my readers on my own.*


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royalegacy said...

Thanks for all these great tips! Thanks.

Donna George said...

And there is way to keep your child from downloading stuff for apps for a fee. Make sure that you don't end with a bill for hundreds of dollars for virtual stuff!

Bethany said...

Thanks so much for sharing the great tips!