Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Setting Limits on Apps Use in iOS

As smartphones and mobile devices start to dominate our environment, there are going to be times you'd like to limit their use.  While iOS devices have timers and alerts, they can be gamed by a child who understands how to reset them (and that's most of them!).  Geek Dad blog at Wired.com offer's this solution - Game Time Limit.  A $.99 app that allows you to set a time with a passcode, that locks down the device after a certain amount of time.  Very useful if you want your device back before they head to bed!

As part of the iOS 4.2 update a feature that has been missing since the devices came out, turn off the ability to delete apps!  Yes, now under parental controls you can turn off access to Safari, youtube, & deleting apps.  Hopefully this will alleviate some of the headaches that many teachers/parents/therapists felt after losing a customized Proloquo2Go app! Make sure to update your device to iOS 4.2 (works on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Generation iPod Touches), then head to Settings, Restrictions to set it up.


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