GCS iPad Update

News for the week of August 12, 2013

Let's Get Started

We had a great iPad BootCamp. I can't thank you enough for taking time out of your summer to come up to school for a meeting. Your kids were great. We installed all of our books and lots of apps.

Parental Restrictions on iOS Devices

I told you all when we met a couple of weeks ago that I would ask you to look at your child's iPad. Please get in the habit of doing that.

Many have asked for instructions on setting up parental restrictions on the iPad.

In an earlier update, I gave you instructions on setting up restrictions on the iPad. You can set restrictions so that your child cannot install apps without a passcode that you've designated. I shared a video earlier showing how to restrict apps to a certain ratings.

The best way to address the distraction problem is to have your son or daughter do homework in a open common area in the house. For many, that area is the kitchen table. In addition to doing homework in a location other than a bedroom, I would strongly encourage you to sit down with your son or daughter and look at all the apps on the iPad.

If you want additional information on setting up restrictions -- Click Here

Instagram in the News

Instagram found itself all over the news yesterday when they announced a change to their Terms and Conditions. To its user's surprise, Instagram's new Terms and Conditions stated that, "a business or other entity may pay us (Instagram) to display your username, likeness, photos . . . in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you." Today, they've backed away from this decision.

Regardless of Instagram's Terms and Conditions, ff your child is using Instagram, please check their privacy settings. The safest route to take is to make their profile private. Next, check to see how many followers they have. You might be surprised to find that your son or daughter has over 1,000 followers. The only to get rid of unwanted followers is to block the follower. I've provided instructions for blocking followers below.

Here are 2 resources for you if you are interested in learning more about how to protect your child on Instagram.

Kids and Instagram

Block a Follower

Previous iPad Updates

iPad Update - October 22, 2012 Click Here

iPad Update - October 29, 2012 Click Here

iPad Update - November 12, 2012 Click Here

iPad Update - November 26, 2012 Click Here

iPad Update - December 3, 2012 Click Here