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iPads & Kids: How should you manage your children's use of the iPad?


Should you purchase an iPad for your child?

My wife and I decided to purchase iPad's for our 6 and 7 year old boys. I was hesitant at first and thought the iPad would become just another gaming device to consume their time with no added educational value. We noticed the power of the iPad when our sons were willing to use the iPad to learn. My wife (the sharing parent) found herself with out an iPad more often than not because the boys were always using it.

What ways can your child use an iPad?

We researched and found several apps for kids that would help build stronger foundations in Math, Phonics, Reading and Writing. The more you reinforce a concept the better. It has been several months since the purchase and my wife and I both agree that giving iPad’s to our kids was a wise decision.

Setting the ground rules for your child’s use of his/her iPad.

If you decide to purchase an iPad for your child I feel it is important to set the ground rules for using the device. Check out our app reviews and ground rules and let us know what you think. We plan to expand this section as the iPad has become integral in the learning process in our household.

Below you will find helpful hints and tools and educational apps we use on a daily basis. We also include ideas for getting the best use of your iPad for your child's benefit.








Disable in app purchases: Children and IPad use

Feb 06 at 2:17am | Uncategorized

Disable in-app purchases on your iPad

If you are reading this article you have either read an online post or blog of an unbelievable thousand dollar spending spree with their iPad. How do you expect them to respond when asked "Do you want to purchase Huggy Buddy to save your Kingdomand vanquish the evil witch?" Hopefully you have not experienced this nightmare firsthand?If you have children that have an iPad or you allow them to use your iPad, one of the first things you will want to do isdisable in-app purchasesfor all applications.

The truth of the matter is that most children (and some adults) don’t understand that the virtual money you spend on the iPad to upgrade free apps to a full version apps or adding a kitty to your special characters is actually real money billed to Mom or Dads real credit card.

Updating the restriction settings is critical if you are a multi-family iPad household or your child has his or her own iPad.The so-called "free” apps are notorious for allowing the purchase additional upgrades packs, add-ons, new characters, new levels and extra items to make that really cool game even cooler.I guess the expression that nothing in life is free holds true for the iPad as well.

So how do you disable in-app purchases?Elementary my Dear Watson…Just think 5 minutes of your time can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars.The process is very simple:


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iPad Mom Thank you soooooo much. Our child racked up $67 before we knew what was happening. Thanks.
Feb 06 at 3:42pm
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iPad Ground Rules for Kids

Jan 25 at 4:25am | Uncategorized

Top 10 ground rules for child iPad use:

1.Work before play is the Golden Rule for iPad use. Our sons are required to complete at least 50 math problems before they can play games on their iPad. At first they were reluctant. Since we have been consistent with this requirement it has become second nature. They have learned to take a screen shot of the results to prove that they have completed their required math.

 

2.Do not leave your iPad in an unsafe place. Create a designated place for your child's iPad. A safe place is critical for preventing our $499 plus investment from becoming broken mound of glass or worse even being lost. This might also teach your child to put their "stuff" in the same place. (I personally am not a fan of the daily scavenger hunt for kid "stuff").

 

3.Do not plug in your iPad power cord (either end) with out supervision. The power connector is a couple 1/8 thick slices of metal with delicate prongs. I have two boys who are capable of making a square peg fit into a round hole.

These are just a few of our suggested rules.  Click here to see the complete list of ground rules.  Let us know if you have rules we could share with parents of Kid iPad owners/users.
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