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iPads in the Home

Screen Time

The internet can help children develop socially and academically. But too much time online, playing games, socialising and so on, can have a negative effect. For children, a balance of online and offline activities is important. Many older children spend time on the internet socialising, studying and for entertainment. 

There is no guideline for the right amount of time for children to spend online, however if their online behaviour appears to impact negatively on their behaviour or wellbeing, or that of the family, it may be time to discuss expectations, and establish online time limits.

The following link can provide some helpful hints to parents and caregivers.

eSafety parent resources


Look for indicators that your child may be spending too much time online, such as a decline in interest in other activities, talking constantly about an online game or activity, a decline in grades or irritability when they are away from an online game. You may also suspect they are getting up after bedtime to play a game.

  • Children may seem quite tired during the day or skip meals to avoid leaving the computer.
  • You may like to check with your child's school to identify whether they are experiencing issues with timeliness or quality of work and tiredness.
  • Consider establishing rules about when children can play games or use the internet and how long they can play each day. You might consider agreeing with your child a set balance of online activities and offline activities such as outside play, homework and housework. A two week trial of new rules might be useful to establish whether they seem to provide a good balance for your child and your family.
  • Establishing rules with children when they are young can help with the management of their online activities as they get older.
  • Try to locate the computer in a shared or visible place in the home so you are aware of how much time your child spends online.
  • If you have concerns about your child's online behaviour explore your concerns with them.

Understanding iPad Restrictions - Parental Management

Restrictions limit the way the iPad can be used. For example you are able to turn off the default browser, turn off Youtube access, iTunes, and the installation and deletion of Apps. The restrictions are protected through the use of a passcode. This passcode must not be forgotten as it is the only way to access these settings after it has been set.  Once you have set this, it is recommended that you backup the iPad. By backing the iPad up now, you are able to restore the iPad along with the restrictions passcode at a later time if required.

Below are some links that will assist in supporting you in the use of iPad technology. 

Apple support - restrictions

Apple support - iPads

Jeanette Davies, an Education Officer at the Diocese of Wollongong has created a wonderful iBook which contains many tips and tricks to get the most out of your device - you can download the book here: Jeanette Davies - iPads Tips and Tricks eBook