THE Best Parenting Advice
I’m being serious. This is the best parenting advice you will ever read on the internet. The best. In fact, I challenge you to find something better. (That last sentence is tongue-in-cheek just in case anyone thinks I’m being serious). Boy1 is nearly 10. How have I never known this before? If I could remember the guy’s name who told me this I’d give him a shout out. I can’t – but if you’re in Cardiff he’s one of the guys in the Apple store. You know one of the people at the Genius Bar that get you out of the mess you’ve made of your Apple tech.
“You ever heard of guided access?”
It was such a throw away comment. He waited until the end of our consultation to throw that one on us. No. Tell us more. You can only lock your iPhone or iPad so when your kids have it they can’t press lots of buttons and end up calling the emergency services in Portugal. All those times I’ve been in doctor’s surgeries hoping that Fireman Sam will stop them being so wildly feral. Only for them to hit a button (because that’s what kids do) turning it off and ending up in them throwing the phone in a rage. This is the answer to all our parenting prayers. I don’t care if you have screen time limits; there aren’t many parents that have a total technology ban.
So How Do You Do It?
These screenshots should help explain the steps to take. It is a simple process but unless you know where to look I don’t rate your chances on finding it. That’s not allowing for the more IT savvy parents amongst you; that’s allowing for the technology ignorant parents like me.
Go into settings on your iPhone or iPad and choose General. Once in General settings then click on the accessibility option. It will bring up a sub menu. It is a very long menu starting with Vision, then Interaction, Hearing, Media and finally Learning. The Guided Access command is in the Learning section. You have to scroll right down to the bottom! It should be set to off at first.
By touching the option you can turn it on (shown by the green that wasn’t there before). Guided Access means that you can keep a single app open – whatever that app might be. You can also set up which functions they can’t get access to. You need to set a passcode so that your child can’t learn what you’re doing and just turn it off themselves. Don’t forget it!
So you’ve turned it on? What next? Open the app you need and press the home button quickly three times. You can click Start. There is another option to circle areas of the screen you want to disable. If you click that and circle pretty much everywhere none of the touch screen functions will work. You can just about see the areas that are disabled because they appear in light grey. Bear in mind! This does mean if they are playing a game they can’t play the game. But if you put a Bing video on YouTube (for example) they can’t choose any other videos and write a long string of characters as a comment on someone else’s video.
To turn off Guided Access you press the home button three times once again. You will need to enter your passcode. The original screen appears so you can change the areas of the screen you have disabled and resume Guided Access or click End.
To Sum Up
- Guided Access on and disable the screen for playing videos or TV programmes.
- Guided Access on and don’t disable the screen if they need to use the touch screen to play a game.