iPad at Home

As a parent, you play a vital role in assisting your child to have a safe and positive experience online. Part of that role includes providing adequate supervision at home. We support parent decisions about the setting of boundaries at home as long as school work can be completed. Parents are able to restrict iPad functions with parent controls. However, these controls need to be removed when at school in order for students to complete set tasks by teachers.
Students do not need games and entertainment apps on their iPads for school. Whether students are allowed to install games and entertainment apps on their iPad is a family decision. All apps and games installed outside of the school's recommendations need to be removed before returning to school.
Tips For Supervision -
Set Boundaries:
  • Students don’t need to use the iPad all the time at home. Refer to the suggested homework times as set out by your child's classroom teacher at the beginning of each term to determine the school's expectations.
  • Children need their sleep, so we strongly suggest that the iPad is NOT TAKEN TO BED. In fact, it is best that iPads don't go into bedrooms.
  • If you are experiencing problems, we recommend that you specify:
    • where in the house the iPad can be used
    • where it is to be stored when not in use (this can be the location for charging).
Take Some Time To Talk:
No doubt your child will be excited by the prospect of using an iPad at school for their learning. Take advantage of this enthusiasm and make some time to sit down and talk with your chid on a regular basis:
  • Ask them to show you how they used their iPad that day at school.
  • Have them give you a "tutorial" on how to use one of the apps.
  • Work together to create a project using the iPad.
The more you talk and experiment with your child's iPad, the more you will learn about it and how it is being used.
Conduct An iPad Inspection:
Your child's classroom teacher will be conducting routine and spot inspections of your child's iPad. These inspections are conducted for two main reasons:
      1. To view recent iPad activity.
      2. To send the message that your child is accountable and responsible for appropriate iPad use.
As a parent, you should feel comfortable to inspect your child's iPad at any given time. It is also recommended that you know the passwords for all apps installed on your child's iPad.
Things To Check -
The Safari Web browser on your child's iPad keeps a log of Web pages that have been visited in the past. By checking the Internet history, you will be able to view details of your child's recent Internet browsing.
To access the Safari web browser history:
1. First, open the Safari browser by tapping on the Safari icon, normally located on the iPad Home Screen.
2. Tap on the Bookmark icon (top right).
3. Select the History Option.
4. You will then be presented with a list of websites accessed, listed in order of time accessed.
5. If you are unsure of the listed site, select the site name, which will then open the webpage so you are able to view. 
iMessage is an Apple service that lets your child send unlimited messages over an active Wi-Fi connection to other iOS devices. It is a good idea to check your child's iMessage activity every so often. To check iMessage, select the iMessage app and look through sent and received messages.
If iMessage is becoming a disruption to your child, you are able to deactivate it by signing out of the iMessage account. To sign out of iMessage and deactivate your Apple ID:

1. Go to Settings and select  Messages.

2. Tap on  Send & Receive.
3. Tap on the Apple ID.
4. A submenu will then display. Select Sign Out to deactivate your Apple ID with iMessage. iMessage is no longer active.
FaceTime is an Apple service that allows your child to make unlimited video calls to other iOS devices. It is recommended that you check your child's FaceTime activity to monitor who they are contacting and how often these video calls are being made.
Likewise, if FaceTime is becoming a disruption to your child, you are able to deactivate it by signing out of the FaceTime account. To sign out of FaceTime and deactivate your Apple ID:
1. Go to Settings and select  FaceTime.
2. Tap on the Apple ID.
3. From the submenu select Sign Out to deactivate your Apple ID with FaceTime. FaceTime is no longer active.
Emails can be checked by tapping on the Mail icon and browsing through the listed emails. The Sent folder and Trash folder can also be checked at this time.
Apps, Music and Videos:
To ensure that app, music and video content being viewed by your child is appropriate:
  • Browse your child’s music library
  • View videos in their collection
  • Have a play with the apps they have installed. Specific apps that may need specific attention include:
    • social networking apps like Instagram that allow users to store images,
    • iTube, which is used to store videos.
Internet Filtering -
Internet filters provide a way to secure an internet connection and prevent access to restricted web sites. When someone tries to access a web page, the request first goes through the filter. It is then checked against a list of websites that are blocked. If the site is not on this list, the page is displayed to the user. If the websites is on the list, the website is blocked and cannot be accessed. We strongly encourage all families to make use of web filtering at home due to the potential access to explicit and extreme materials that are available online.
Please Note: Although filters constantly use powerful algorithms and searches to work out, update and block inappropriate sites, on occasions inappropriate sites may be still be accessed and viewed. The nature of the internet, (new sites created each day, sites changing names etc.) means that blocking every inappropriate site is very difficult to achieve, therefore the best filtering system is parent supervision. 
It is also important to check that your filter is working regularly, as power failures, internet disruptions etc. can cause the filter system to fail without warning. 
For more information about checking your Home Internet Filters, please visit your relevant Home Internet Filter providers website.