In this technological world, one does not simply have only one gadget at hand. And even the oldsters are no longer left behind. For all you know, they could still pace up with the techie young ones. And so, you’ll probably see them tapping on their gadget’s screen with their eyeglasses on.
Well, those nifty gadgets look so enticing to you, how much more with the kids? When I say kids, I’m referring to the little ones. Anyone with a child knows how much their little kiddos love to grub these touch-enabled gadgets out their hands. But more often than not, parents couldn’t trust their gizmos—not to mention pricey gizmos—to their toddlers. Who could blame them? These little angels still haven’t fully developed their motor skills and their reflexes yet, so a parent would definitely be anxious to trust the children not to the drop the gadget—or damage it. *shudder* … Be ready for buying replacement parts for gadgets and just hope that they are available.
Good thing that there are tablets made for children. But do you have to buy the appropriate tablet for them? You could, if you don’t consider money as a factor. But, in the side of practicality, one does not simply buy another tablet just to cater the needs of your kids. Why would you buy another tablet if you can make the tablet safe to hand over to your child?
Let’s cut to the chase and make our self-luminous rectangular thing we call tablets into a childproof one! And here’s how:
#1: Utilize Parental Controls
Thanks to Apple, the iOS 6—and definitely the later—now offers a suite of parental controls. This then limits the access of your kids to sorts of apps and settings. They may access every tablet accessory of your iPad, but they cannot access the features that are inappropriate to his or her young mind. Sounds sweet, right? To prevent your kids from tapping and toggling on accessing the inappropriate features at their very young age, follow these steps to enable parental controls on your iPad:
Go to: Settings app> General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions … iOS then will prompt you to set a passcode… set it up and confirm.
Once you are in the iOS’ Restriction settings, you can now disable the access of your kids with such features like browser, camera, and the list goes on. You can restrict the access of explicit songs and videos even. Well, do you think only iOS can do that? Android offers a neat trick, too.
It started with the 4.2 version of Android in which it uses a feature called user-profiles. What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s pretty much like that of your desktops. Here, you can separate profiles and give them the appropriate privileges only. To create a restricted account, follow this guide:
Go to: owner account > Settings app > Users > Add user or profile > Restricted profile > … and now you can specify apps that you child can access.
#2: Load your tablet with the right apps
If your tablet is loaded with amusing apps—perhaps apps that are amusing enough for your kids—then there’s a great chance your kids would not wander off—at least anywhere else in your tablet. Hah! There are a heap of apps for your kids meandering over the Apps Store—or in Android tablet’s case, Play Store. Now, there is no dedicated section of apps for kids on that of Play Store, but you can always rely on Entertainment and Education sections.
#3: Encase it with tablet folio
A tablet handed to a toddler? Well, that should be armored not just internally, but also externally! Just in case your little one is prone to dropping your pristine tablet, might as well encase it with a sturdy case. The best tablet folio to buy is on your trusted store, be it through online mobile store or in-store.
So, have you taken these three simple steps already? Be geared up as you hand over your tablet to your kids!