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This a version of an email sent to Parents of my school:Although we have set up numerous restrictions on the students' iPads through internet filtering (while at school), iOS monitoring, age-appropriate ratings for apps & media, and app blocking, students still have the freedom to download any apps that do not violate any of these restrictions. The school has decided to allow students this freedom as it increases student creativity and enthusiasm. It also makes it much easier for the students, teachers, and the school to find worthwhile apps that can be utilized in the classroom. Once those apps are found, the current settings make it much easier to have entire classes of students install these apps (especially if they are free).However, we fully understand that some parents might desire a stronger level of control over their child's iPad usage. For that, we strongly recommend
the parent restrictions on your child's iPad. To do so, follow these steps: 1) Click on “Settings”2) Under “General” in the Settings menu, click on “Restrictions” in the list on the right half of the screen.3) Click “Enable Restrictions” at the top.
4) The iPad will ask you for a 4 digit “Restrictions passcode” – this passcode should NOT BE A PASSWORD THAT YOUR CHILD KNOWS. It does NOT need to match their password for anything else on their iPad (turning it on, downloading apps, email, or anything else). It should be a BRAND NEW PASSCODE that only you, the parent, knows. Do NOT share it with your child.
5) Once you have entered a passcode, you will have to enter it a second time to confirm it. Don't forget the passcode yourself! Write it down somewhere that you know, but not anywhere your child can find it. You should also email your child's homeroom teacher and the IT person and notify them that you have activated restrictions and what the passcode is in case we need to access your child's iPad in some way that you've restricted during school hours.
6) You can enable a multitude of restrictions. Most important among these are the ability to turn off the camera, Facetime, adding friends to game center, and installing or deleting apps.
7) This last item is probably the most important to parents: if you feel your child is focused too much on games, social networking or non-school related apps on their iPad, then turn on the restriction that BLOCKS INSTALLING APPS. You canthen go through the iPad and delete any games or apps that you don't want your child messing with (anything not school related or distracting) and they will NOT be able to reinstall any of them without your secret passcode or permission.
Alternatively, you can turn off “deleting apps” I personally like this better because it allows students to get an app that a teacher has found and wants the students to use and keeps them from deleting school apps to make room for more games. I have had a few students show up to have school apps reinstalled because, “I don't know what happened to it.”
The parent would have to have made rules about what is allowed on the iPad and check the device for installs that violate the rule, once in a while.
You can also set numerous other privacy settings that you see fit.There are additional things that parents can do to ensure safe iPad monitoring. We suggest that you should have access to your child's email account at all times so you can check it for inappropriate spam or messaging. You can even add your child's email account to your own phone or iPad so copies of all their emails get sent to you.Instituting house rules, such as “No iPads in the bedroom” will keep students from using them in ways you might have forbidden. You can also set up internet filtering at your own house by purchasing and installing internet filtering software for a home network. There is a free service for content filtering at http:// http://www.opendns.com/home-solutions/parental-controls/.Remember to treat these iPads as what they are: little computers. If you wouldn't let your child have a PC or an Xbox in their bedroom, then don't let them take their iPads into their bedroom! If your rule is “No videogames after 8:00”, then make them hand in their iPad to you at that time as well. Setting up good rules and routines (and implementing restrictions if necessary) will ensure that students will use these iPads for the powerful educational uses they were intended.We hope this has been enlightening and useful to those who needed a little help,