It is vital for teachers and iDevice administrators to set up restrictions in the device prior to putting them in the hands of students. If restrictions are not initiated, students can set up their own code for the restrictions and/or will have access to multiple questionable opportunities. When you set up restrictions, use a four-digit code that can be standardized (e.g. the four digit year the campus opened) but not easily guessed (e.g. 1234 or 0000).
Here are a few suggestions for default restrictions:
- YouTube: Many times this is blocked already by the proxy.
- iTunes: This will block the music on the device. It will also turn off of Ping, a social network for music, automatically.
- Turn off Allow Installing & Deleting Apps: This will block students signing into their own iTunes account and restrict them from deleting existed apps teachers have synced to the device.
- Accounts: Set this option to “Don’t Allow Changes” so students cannot edit or delete existing accounts (e.g. default student email for sending projects to teachers and the MobileMe account).
- Turn off in-app purchase: This will block pop-ups carrying you to the app store to purchase additional features within an app.
- Adjust content age limits as appropriate. Consider the following settings:
- Music & Podcasts: Clean
- Movies: PG
- TV Shows: PG
- Apps: 12+
- Turn off multi-player games: This applies to games in the game center.
- Turn off adding friends: This also applies to games in the game center.