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Parental Restrictions – Allow

Below is a video screencast to show you how to set up Screen Time restrictions on your child’s iPad. For more in depth information regarding the instructional impact when disabling features, please read the sections below.

Restrictions that may have an instructional impact:


Safari – Apple’s built-in internet browser

  • Functional Impact: When this is disabled Safari will no longer be available for use.  Any application or attempt to open a webpage through Safari will fail and typically return the user to the home screen. The Safari icon will no longer display on the home screen. A student can still access the internet by using a different web browser app or an app that has a built in web browser.
  • Instructional Impact: Restricting Safari will prevent students from accessing a wide range of instructional materials including but not limited to: teacher websites, digital textbooks (LA & Math), resources from digital textbooks, submitting work to Google Drive and any online resource.

Camera – Provides access to take still photos or capture video

  • Functional Impact: This setting will disable the Camera and prohibit its use on the device. It will also disable FaceTime by default since the Camera is necessary for operation. The Camera icon will no longer display on the home screen, in the Control Center (swiping up), or anywhere else on the device.
  • Instructional Impact: Restricting camera use will prevent students from creating visual documentation of their learning. Several educational apps such as Google Drive and Notability allow students to upload and store pictures to be used as learning resources.

FaceTime – Apple’s feature to allow device to device conversations, either voice or video

  • Functional Impact: This will disable FaceTime on the iPad, and will remove it from the home screen and any menus where it was previously available.
  • Instructional Impact:Potentially disabling this feature could prevent students from collaborating with peers or outside experts from remote locations.

Siri & Dictation– Apple’s Voice Control feature

  • Functional Impact: With Siri disabled this feature will not be available  on the device. Asking for help from Siri is, available only when holding down the home button for 3 seconds. To dictate into an application (such as Notes), a small microphone will appear on the keyboard and a student can speak into the device and it will type out their words.
  • Instructional Impact:  Disabling Siri and Dictation prevents a student from being able to dictate their ideas into a variety of instructional applications (such as Notability). Dictation facilitates learning by allowing students to capture learning quickly and can benefit students who struggle to gather information in traditional formats.

AirDrop – Apple’s file/content transferring feature. Used to transfer pictures/videos/etc. between Apple devices and computers.

  • Functional Impact: This feature will not show up under Control Center and will not be an option when trying to perform actions on images/videos/links.
  • Instructional Impact: Limiting Air Drop will prevent students from using this feature to share work they are collaborating on.

iTunes Store – Apple’s store to purchase music, movies, books, etc.

  • Functional Impact: Turning off this feature will remove the iTunes Store from the iPad (it will no longer appear on the home screen).
  • Instructional Impact: This could hinder a student’s ability to download free and paid resources to support their learning.

iBooks Store – This built-in application allows the purchase of books, magazines, and other periodicals.

  • Functional Impact: With the iBooks Store disabled it is not possible to purchase books through the application.  The application will still function and allow users to read content that has been loaded prior to disabling or through other means (ie, document from email, download from safari, etc.)
  • Instructional Impact: Students will not be able to download instructional material from iBooks during school. To download a book they will need to request that a parent install the resource.

Podcast – This built-in application allows the purchase of free and paid audio and video Podcasts.

  • Functional Impact: This application will not be available if it is disabled.
  • Instructional Impact: Students will not be able to listen to or watch instructional podcasts during school. To access a podcast they will need to request that a parent download the resource.

Installing Apps – Allows you to install applications previously purchased or bought for free.

  • Functional Impact: When this is disabled the App Store will no longer be available on the home screen.  This also means that any applications will not be able to be installed, even district provided apps.
  • Instructional Impact: When disabled students will not be able to download apps needed for class.  They will need to come home and request a parent install the needed app.

Deleting Apps – Allows you to delete applications previously put on the iPad home screen.

  • Functional Impact: With this setting the removal of installed applications can be disabled.
  • Instructional Impact: Eventually this could cause a storage issue and prevent students from downloading instructional apps or save instructional materials.

In-App Purchases – Some free apps have hidden in-app purchases.

  • Functional Impact: This feature when disabled will disallow any in-app purchases from happening.
  • Instructional Impact: Teachers should not be recommending students to download free apps with in-app purchases. If this is the case, disabling this feature would mean a student could not access the paid portion of the app, potentially hindering their ability to use instructional materials.

Last updated by read_julie on 2019-06-21 08:05:28

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