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Rebekah Kinney
Technology Integration Coordinator

Rebekah Kinney has been at Darlington since 2002 and currently serves as the technology integration coordinator. Previously, she was the technology integration specialist for grades Pre-K to 8, a fourth grade and Kindergarten teacher and was a member of the house duty staff. Rebekah holds a B.S. and an M.Ed. from Berry College. At Darlington, she has received the Brown Faculty Award and was an inaugural recipient of the Carla and Leonard Wood Faculty Professional Development Endowment Award. She and her husband, Owen, an Upper School science teacher, are the parents of Ian ('17), Elliot ('19) and Noah ('23).

3 Great Tips For Parents of Kids with iPhones

6/28/2017 1:58:00 PM, 589 views

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Receiving a cell phone is a huge milestone for most kids. As parents, we can all use assistance with teaching our children and teenagers how to be responsible cell phone users and manage the challenges and opportunities they bring. We all have several questions and Common Sense Media is an excellent source for assisting parents with managing these devices.

One question I have as a parent is:

How do I set parental controls on the iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod?

Parents have several options for setting up parental controls for these devices. The most common are:

Restrictions that can be set on the iPhone that turn on and off specific features.

Guided Access that gives you the option of locking the phone to one specific app. 

Parental-control browsers that can be downloaded from the App store.

Setting Restrictions  

Restrictions are the most basic form of parental control on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. They let you prevent access to pretty much anything you don't want your kids doing, such as downloading explicit songs, using the Safari browser, accessing the iTunes store, installing inappropriate apps, playing multiplayer games, adding friends to games, and making in-app purchases. You also can set up kid-safe search filters for Safari and choose to only let your kids visit pre approved sites.

To set up Restrictions on your Apple device, touch "Settings," choose "General," and then select "Restrictions." You'll be prompted for a PIN that gives you access to enable or disable "Restrictions." There you can turn off any features you want -- for example, Siri. Then scroll down to the section "Allowed Content." This is the place to choose individual limits on what types of content can be downloaded -- for example, only apps for 4-year-olds -- and to add safe-search settings.

The following video explains how to set restrictions and what we have set on the Darlington student iPads, used in the ELA-5th grade classrooms:


Enabling Guided Access


This mode locks the phone on a single app so your kid can't click out of it. It's a great way to help kids (or you!) stay focused on one task.

To enable Guided Access, touch "Settings," choose "General," select "Accessibility," and scroll down to "Learning." Click on "Guided Access" and toggle it on. When you want to use it, simply launch the app your kid wants to use and triple-click the Home button. A passcode must be entered to disable Guided Access -- so don't tell your kids your passcode!

The following video explains how to enable Guided Access and how this feature is used by teachers on the iPads at Darlington

Downloading a Kid-friendly Browser

Although you can add safe-search settings to Safari in "Restrictions" and "Allowed Content," you also can completely disable the Safari browser (in Restrictions) and download a brand-new kid-friendly browser. Or you can download a search-filtering program that works with Safari.

The following video explains how to use “Kiddle” as a safe web browser on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod:




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