iNow Parent Information
Apple iPad Support Home - provides great starter information and help for iPads
Apple ID Support - provides help and answers for Apple ID questions
Popular App Guide - a list of apps considered safe and unsafe for students
Common Sense Media - family resources for media and technology
Common Sense Family Media Agreement
Monitoring and Managing Technology - some ideas for homes and families
Questions and Answers:
What kind of filtering is used at Lipscomb?
Lipscomb uses OpenDNS filtering. While no filtering solution is perfect, this product does a great job for our campus.
Is filtering the only tool used to limit inappropriate web content?
No. We feel very strongly that dealing with inappropriate web content is a teaching responsibility - not only of the school but also of parents. Our classroom teachers monitor what students do while in the classroom and deal with any problems in an appropriate manner. Having family discussions and family rules of what is appropriate and inappropriate is also essential.
Why do some apps, especially browsers, have a 17+ rating? Should I be concerned about those?
You should always be concerned about ratings that are greater than your child's age. Almost all browsers have a 17+ rating because they can be used to access inappropriate information, not because they contain inappropriate information. Always investigate any games or media (movies, songs, etc) with a high age rating.
What can I restrict on my child's iPad?
It's okay to restrict Facetime, location services, and AirDrop (we do not allow AirDrop to be used at school). Content restrictions are also okay. Turning explicit music, podcasts, and iTunes U off is encouraged. It's okay to restrict installing apps (we ask that apps be installed at home), deleting apps, and in-app purchases.
What should I not restrict on my child's iPad?
The most important thing to do is to have discussions with your child about what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. Anything that disables Safari (the iPad's built in browser) can cause problems because many other apps often depend on Safari. Giving access to only allowed web sites can cause problems. In teaching students to search for educationally sound data, it is impossible to foresee and list all of the web sites that would be necessary. Accountability software often causes problems because it automatically disables Safari and enables some restrictions. Under no circumstances should a student iPad ever be jail-broken.
What about jailbreaking an Ipad? Is that allowed?
Jailbreaking an iPad is not allowed and will also run the risk of voiding any warranty on the iPad. Apple's policy on modification is at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3743. You can tell if an iPad has been jailbroken by checking to see if the Cydia app is on the iPad. It must be unjailbroken by the student or parent. We will not assist a student with a jailbroken iPad and will not assist in unjailbreaking. A jailbroken iPad can also be restored to factory settings. Apple provides instructions for restoring at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1414.
How Do I...
How do I view my child's browsing history on the iPad?
Open Safari and click on the bookmark icon in the upper right corner. It will give you the option of viewing history. Part of your agreement with your child should be that history never gets cleared by the child.
How do I get to restrictions?
Open Settings. Click on General on the left and then Restrictions on the right. Enabling restrictions will ask you to create a passcode. Remember the passcode that you create!
How do I set up Find My iPad?
Open Settings. Click on iCloud on the left and then Find My iPad on the right. This requires knowing your Apple ID.
How do I back up Notability?
- Open Notability. Tap the gear icon in the lower left corner.
- Select Manage Accounts.
- Choose Google Drive. Login with your Lipscomb Academy email and password. Click Accept.
- Go to Auto Back Up. Select Google Drive. Click OK.
How do I restore an iPad to factory settings?
Apple provides instructions for restoring at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1414.
iPad Top 10
- Your child's iPad is like a binder. Check it and go through it just like you would a notebook.
- Your child's iPad should be fully charged when they get to school.
- Your child's iPad should always be in a protective case.
- Have a family media agreement and discuss appropriate and inappropriate use of media and technology.
- Set up "Find My iPad" on your child's iPad.
- Restrict in-app purchases on your child's iPad.
- Know your child's passwords.
- Set a "tech curfew." Don't allow 24/7 access to technology.
- Set volume limits with earbuds and headphones.
- Set a good technology and media example with your child.