Are you often worried about the amount of time your child spends playing games on the iPad? Would you like to limit the amount of time spent on the device?

Guided Access enables you to set a limit on the screen time of your child’s iPad. This is helpful if your child is hooked to games and videos, as they now can only play games for as long as you choose. The iPad will be automatically locked once the time limit is reached.

You could also use Guided Access this to restrict your iPad to a specific application–like an educational app, for example–for a specific period of time. This will be good if you want to allow access to calculator only if they are doing their Mathematics homework, for instance. Afterwards, you can unlock the device and allow the child to use the device without time limits.

How can we set-up Guided Access on the iPad?

Open the “Settings” app and go to General > Accessibility. Tap “Guided Access” under Learning. Enable the “Guided Access” slider and tap “Passcode Settings” to set a passcode. You can use Touch-ID if you have already set it up so that you wouldn’t have to type in your password.

Enable the “Time Limits” option on the Guided Access screen to set-up time limit sounds. By default, Guided Access’s time limit will end silently. If you’d like an audible alert when the Guided Access time limit is up, use the Sound and Speak options here.

You to select a sound that will play when the time limit is up–by default it’s “None,” but you can tap the “Sound” option and scroll through the list of alert sounds on your iPad and choose one. The “Speak” option will speak the remaining time aloud when you enable it–for example, it’ll say something when there are approximately 30 seconds left. A notification will appear on the screen when this happens, but Speak makes the notification audible so that your child can hear the remaining time.

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Soofrina Mubarak, Senior Educational Therapist, EdTech Coordinator, English Language and Literacy Division
Kalphna C, Educational Therapist
Nur Syahirah Jasni, Educational Therapist

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