Making Friends

Week 1

Getting Started

Some of the challenges parents and educators face with iPads is monitoring content and customizing settings. Week 1 will teach you how to make your iPad a safe and optimal learning environment for your kids.

Parental Controls

What are they?

Parental controls help regulate apps downloaded and other special features.This control allows you to set restrictions based on age, ratings, and content.

Why are they useful?

  • Parents are able to see what their child is playing and can be in charge of downloading the games they prefer their child to play.
  • Parent's can also restrict apps based on age appropriate ratings. Check it out here: Parental Control Restrictions
  • Guided Access - This allows you to "Lock" an app so your child can only play a particular app. Check out this great video on how to set this up here!

Where do you find them?

Tap: Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restriction

Rating Systems

  • Rating Systems help you determine which app is appropriate for your child based on age and maturity.
  • The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates games and has a user-friendly app. Check it out: ESRB App

In-app Purchase

  • In-app purchases are additional content that can be purchased easily once the app has already been downloaded. i.e. bonus levels, points, subscriptions, etc. Check it out: What is an in-app purchase?
  • Be aware that in-app purchases cost money and can add up quickly. There is a 15 minute window where your child could make an in-app purchase after you enter your password to download the app. To change the 15 min interval to Immediately, go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Require Password.
  • You can turn off in-app purchasing completely to avoid any accidental buy. Simply tap Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restriction > Slide the In-App Purchases slider off

Accommodate Learning Differences

iPads are an excellent, portable tool with a multitude of apps for stimulating the senses. The iPad also has multiple tools to support various learning differences. Let's take a look.

Visual Differences

Kids with visual differences can benefit from iPad tools that use:

  • magnification
  • visual supports (color inversion, brightness, etc.)


Kids with language differences can utilize:

  • dictation - dictate and read what you say
  • word prediction - supports struggling spellers
  • text-to-speech - non-verbal kids can type and speak


Kids with auditory differences can use:

  • closed captions - for kids with hearing sensitivity or deficits
  • FaceTime
  • headphone adjustments

Fine Motor

Kids with fine motor differences benefit from:

  • Touch-screen interface
  • Assistive touch allows you to customize motor engagement

The full list of benefits described in detail including pictures can be found at:

Once you've learned these concepts you can ensure that your child will safely and successfully access the iPad.

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- The Making Friends Team

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