iPads @ Elkanah

Parent iPad Toolkit

Helping our children to use their iPads responsibly

We believe that to help our children use their iPads responsibly, there has to be a partnership between school and home. Both the school and the parents have a vital role to play in teaching and assisting our children to use their devices responsibly.

Parents often need guidance managing this process. To assist you we have compiled a list of resources for you to read and consult.

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Tips for helping you manage your child's device at home

  1. Read ALL iPad-related communication from the school. This is vital for the success of the school/parent relationship.
  2. Monitor the types of games you allow your children to play. Do you want them playing games at all? Are the games age-appropriate? Do you want your children playing online games? If you allow games, we recommend that you limit the number of games to a maximum of 6.
  3. Children love communicating online, but it is for you to decide whether or not to allow iMessage, FaceTime etc. Monitor their conversations and lay the ground rules for this communication. It is a good idea to make sure their profile images are appropriate too.
  4. Take note of age restrictions for social media platforms and games. Adhere to these, as they are put in place for the protection of our children. A Parent Guide to these age restrictions is available on the Digital Learning Blog.
  5. Limit screen time - taking into account that the iPad might be required for a homework task, set the boundaries and put consequences in place if they are not adhered to. Stick to those boundaries. Don't use the iPad as a babysitter.
  6. Monitor home access to the internet. Make sure you know what your children are doing online. Internet access at school is protected - how safe is your home internet?
  7. Determine guidelines for when and where the iPad may be used - only in a common area of your home, not in the bedroom (if there is internet access there) etc.
  8. You are the parent - your rules apply at home.
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Your Child and the Internet

The worst fear a parent has is that their child is exposed to inappropriate content on the internet. Unfortunately the reality is that this possibility does exist. This is where parent-child communication is vitally important. You need to have open discussions around this issue with your children and give them coping mechanisms in the event that they are exposed to inappropriate content. Often the fear of repercussions prevents children from telling a parent about what they have seen. The best medicine is prevention, not cure. Have these discussions before you are forced to have them.

  • Be aware of where your child may access the internet - at school, at home, at a friend's house etc. Internet filtering might not be in place or not be strictly monitored.
  • Talk to your child about what to do if they are exposed to inappropriate content. If they are uncomfortable about anything they should feel free to speak to an adult they trust - a parent or a teacher - about how they are feeling. Encourage them to speak up about such incidents.
  • Ensure that your own home internet is protected and that you have set restrictions on your child's iPad.
  • Don't give your child 3G access unless necessary - remove the SIM card from 3G devices, especially for school.
  • Be aware that over-policing is also not healthy and could be conducive to rebellious behaviour. Create an environment of open discussion where your child is free to ask questions.
  • Children are naturally curious, but they need parental guidance as to what is appropriate and what is not.

Useful Parent Resources

Important Information for Teens, Teachers and Parents

Please read this information supplied by The South African Police Service on Internet Safety:

Common Sense Media

This is a fantastic website where you can find media-related ratings and guides for parents. This website also includes:


This website provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer online and offline.

Home Web Filtering

There are free and paid options for web filtering on this website:


Parental Controls on the iPad

In addition to the Restrictions 'How To' already sent to our parents, the Apple website provides information about setting up restrictions on your child's iPad.

Please be aware that if you set the restrictions for Allowed Websites to 'Limit Adult Content', the restrictions are VERY strict and will possibly block your child from websites they might need to access at school, such as Wikipedia etc. due to the potential for adult content. In a secure internet environment such as the school, this setting is not necessary.


Cyberbullying is a reality and it can happen to your child. This website has numerous resources to help you understand this issue and also to help you deal with cyberbullying, should you need to.
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Digital Passport

All our pupils will complete a Digital Citizenship course over the next term (or longer). They will be working toward their Digital Passport Certificate by completing five modules in an online programme called Digital Passport, which is offered by Common Sense Media.

These modules cover:

  • Communication
  • Privacy
  • Searching on the Internet
  • Cyberbullying and
  • Copyright

This is important knowledge for our pupils and it is supported with parent material for each module. This will be made available to you as your child progresses through the modules.

While we will begin with the activities in during the IT lessons this term, you have the option of buying the Digital Passport App (R43.99) optional.

Thank you

Your role as parents is very important in this 1:1 programme. Thank you for your support in this journey so far. We look forward to your continued support throughout the year.