The ability to enable parental control on the family iPad is essential to keep those little ones from being glued to the tablet all day. We’re here to discuss the built-in parental control features of iPadOS, along with some nifty parental control apps that are worth checking out.
There is no denying the fact that the internet is the single most influential invention of the 21st Century and has changed the world as we know it. The World Wide Web has made it possible to communicate across the globe in seconds, runs the financial world, and is home to more information than our minds are capable of processing.
For every benefit that the limitless capabilities of the internet provides, there are plenty of drawbacks too. The use of the internet, and gadgets in general among the younger minds should be regulated, but how do you go about it? In a world where kids attend school, do homework, and at the same time enjoy entertaining videos and gaming on the same iPad, how and where do you draw the line?
How to set up Apple screen time
Considering that parental controls features are quite the mainstream requirement these days, Apple offers a basic yet usable tool baked right into iPadOS. Coined as Screen Time, the feature allows you to control not just the amount of time that the iPad can be used, but also sets up restrictions for apps, communication, and even certain content.
First, setting up screen time with Family Sharing
If you plan to use the parental control feature remotely, your Apple ID, linked to your child’s account, can let you do this. This feature, called Family Sharing will let you create new restrictions or even grant access to certain apps, or the entire iPad without physically entering the passcode.
- Open the Settings app and select your Apple ID at the top-left corner.
- Launch Family Sharing and then Tap on Screen Time to continue.
- Link your child’s Apple ID to yours or create a new Apple ID for them by following the on-screen instructions.
Setting up screen time directly on the iPad
When using a common iPad across the household, you don’t need to enable Family Sharing to use the parental control features. Apple allows you to set up Screen Time directly on the device and set up the restriction parameters right away.
- Open the Settings app on the iPad.
- Scroll down to find the Screen Time tab.
- Press Continue and select This is My Child’s iPad on the screen.
- Now, tap on Set Screen Time Passcode which will be used to disable screen time if ever the need be.
Once you have Screen Time enabled, it is time to use the different features that are offered under it:
- Select the Downtime option, which will ask you to select the time slot when you want your kid to have no access to the iPad (i.e., from 10 PM – 8 AM)
- The App Limits will allow you to clamp down on the app usage time by setting a timer for each of the ones you select.
- Finally, the Content & Privacy Restrictions offer you the ability to restrict actions such as iTunes purchases, specific apps, and websites, as well as Privacy features such as Photos, Location Services, Bluetooth Sharing, Microphone and more.
Use screen time via Family Sharing
Once you have your kid’s Apple ID linked to yours, you can set up the parental control features mentioned above remotely.
- Launch the Settings app.
- Open the Screen Time tab.
- Under Family, find your child’s Apple ID and tap on it.
You will now have remote access to the Downtime, App Limits, Content & Privacy Restrictions and other options.
Note: You will need an iPad running iOS 13.4 or newer for the Screen Time feature to be available.
Best third-party parental control apps for iPad
Although the Screen Time feature might be enough for some parents, you might want an extra layer of control over what your children can and cannot do on the iPad. Moreover, if you have an older iPad that does not support iOS 13, you won’t have the Screen Time feature at all.
We’ve circled in on two third-party parental control apps for iPad and iPhone that not only cover the basics, but take it one step further with a more hands-on approach.
KidsGuard Pro by ClevGuard
This particular parental control app does not compete with Screen Time from Apple, but rather work in junction with it. Developed by ClevGuard, KidsGuard Pro is meant to be a digital watchdog to keep an eye on the activities of your little ones.
Without having to install any app or service on the iPad itself, KidsGuard Pro does not restrict the usability of the iPad in any way. However, it does create an invisible umbrella that monitors the iPad, its apps, messages, and everything else from your computer.
Available for Windows and macOS, start off by downloading KidsGuard Pro for iOS to your computer. The way this computer-based monitor works is by scanning the latest backup files stored on the iPad and extracting all of the encrypted (even deleted) content to the computer system for easy viewing.
You can either select iTunes Data if you have physical access to the iPad, or iCloud Data to monitor the iPad data wirelessly. From the Dashboard view, you can get details such as the Device Info, a singular view of all the files from the target iPad such as Messages, Call History, Contacts, Photos, Videos, and more.
Apart from the raw content and media files, KidsGuard Pro, it allows you to categorically monitor communication apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, QQ, WeChat and others. Moreover, the default Messages app along with Safari history and Notes also falls under the monitoring umbrella of KidsGuard Pro.
Forgot the screen time passcode? Here’s what to do
Although the parental control features baked into iPadOS are robust and useful, it all hangs at the mercy of a simple passcode. Forgetting this particular passcode can lock your children, and even you out of the essential features of the tablet.
Whether you’re just looking to remove Screen Time Passcode, or any password protection on your iPad for that matter, Tenorshare 4uKey is a viable solution. The process is simple, but you will need to physically connect the iPad or iPhone to a macOS or Windows device, since it is a computer-based software.
To effectively work, you will need to disable Find My iPad temporarily when using 4uKey password remover. With the help of a few clicks, the Screen Time Passcode, along with unlocking Apple ID and bypassing MDM is possible.
Related: How to Bypass Passcode on iPad
Let’s be honest, most of us would be out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic if the internet did not make it possible to work from home. Even keeping the younger generation busy, almost every school and college in the developed and developing world adopted the internet for education in the past few years, even if it was out of necessity. By learning how to use parental control on iPad, you can keep a watchful eye and make sure the young ones use the power of the internet wisely.
Can I set up parental control on YouTube for iPad?
Generally speaking, parental control on iPad allows you to entirely block apps, and not just certain features of it. However, if you plan to use YouTube for younger children, there’s the option to install YouTube Kids, instead of the original app. This kid-friendly version of YouTube comes only with curated content which is easy to use, and built-in parental controls that allows you to set the level of content based on your child’s age group.
How many failed attempts do you get for Screen Time?
If you forget your Screen Time passcode, or someone else tries to access the iPad by entering the wrong passcode, you get 7 attempts before the iPad is locked for 5 minutes. After 8 wrong attempts, the lock time increased to 15 minutes, and 9 failed attempts will lock the iPad screen for 1 hour.
How do I see the Screen Time history?
To get a better insight on how your child is using the iPad and how long they are using it, Apple has monitoring baked in. Head over to Settings – Screen Time and tap on See All Activity to see a weekly, detailed list of apps and services and the duration for which they have been used on the iPad.