Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 10:17 AM (in response to Struwwwelpeter)
I found a solution that Apple will not like. I have the same problem with my 3 kids- ages 13, 14 and 15. My solution was: forget the I-pad. I installed Microsoft Family Safety Parental Control on their lap tops. This program allows for all the needs that you stated above- curfew, max hours per day, only certain games or certain web sites are OK to play. Here is a link to the video explaining the speks.http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/videos/using-parental-controls# tab=desktop
For the tablet- I am looking at a tablet that will have Windows on it (instead of I-pad )so I can still have Family Safety on it. Unfortunately, I will need Windows 8 because it is the only operating system that will allow max hours per day limit. Therefore, I will have to get Surface Pro. They suck, but if Apple does not make an app that is essential to my happiness and my kid's sleep pattern I will not use mac Apple product.
Hopefully someone from Apple will read this.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 3:22 PM (in response to Masha B.)
This is a user to user forum. The Terms Of Sevice Police are the only "Apples" who monitor this forum.
FWIW, speaking as a parent and grandparent, there is a way to let your offspring safely use anything their little hearts desire, but most of today's "parents" are too selfish, too self absorbed, or too cowardly to do it...
Currently Being ModeratedSep 11, 2013 1:26 PM (in response to Struwwwelpeter)
I do like the Kindle app to monitor kids and how long they can use their device. I also agree with clifton that ground rules should be set and followed. Our youngest knows his limits on his ipad. We tell him it's time to shut it off and it goes off. Are we the greatest parents ever? Heck no. But, we started this as soon as he got the ipad. He respects our wishes and shuts it down. Does he like it? Heck no! But, that's the way it goes.
I do understand the search for the app to control usage. I wish Apple had it built in like Amazon.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 22, 2013 9:50 AM (in response to christian heretic)
The idea behind Aftermath is great! Rewarding your kid with iPad time for every solved problem. Currently most educational apps on the iPad are quickly ignored by my kids (they prefer the games). If a software could be created that monitored the time spent with educational apps and converted this time to credit time for gaming this would make the iPad a much more educational device for children. Parents should be able to select which apps to mark as educational and which as games.
Is it really technically impossible to implement this on tablet devices (iPad/ Android tablets). Are there any plans of implementing this? As far as I am aware it is possible to have some rudimentary parental controls using apps like TimeLock. Possibly 15 year old kids can hack it, but for most younger kids it is sufficient.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 24, 2013 12:11 AM (in response to JerSandroen)
Thank you for your comments and interest.
You will notice that this thread has been unfortunately dominated by a tiresome troll. If you contact me directly through the Aftermath site www.getaftermath.com I will be able to give you some responses and possibly some suggestions for the pre-teen problem.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 14, 2013 6:12 PM (in response to Struwwwelpeter)
Hi. You could lock your teen's iPod touch in the find my iPhone app on your device when time's up. Your son will not know the password, but he could create a playlist and listen to music from that or from an iPod touch 5th generation, your son could use Siri to choose his music. Siri is NOT reccomended unless you can hear him all the time.
At bedtime, you could set up guided access in settings>general>accessibility>guided access. Remember to turn on Its passcode and use a different one. You could go to photos with a black wallpaper, and disable all touch,motion,and buttons.
Hope this helps
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2013 2:08 PM (in response to Struwwwelpeter)
I've been stumped looking for the same thing. Parentkit just will create times during the day when the apps or music can be used, not a timer. I use BOB on the TV and ComputerTime on the PC and can't believe I can't get something similar for the Ipads.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2014 11:45 AM (in response to Struwwwelpeter)
Not sure if anyone else has mentioned this. But one option may be "guided access" in the accessibility settings. This would allow you to restrict him to the music app only. Downfall is you would have to enable it every evening.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 4, 2014 1:47 PM (in response to Struwwwelpeter)
I suggest using Parental Timelock app in the App Store.
What it does it that after the specified amount of time the device is locked but listening to music or audio where the screen is turned off does not count towards your usage.
The timer resets automatically each day and is the best option for "hands off" approach to managing usage.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2014 11:17 AM (in response to Struwwwelpeter)
I would suggest looking at our new app in progress! We are planning to take all of these problems away with one single app. The app is called "Inspire" and is in the beta phase on Android. I am in talks now with a firm to complete the iOS version which will hopefully soon follow!
The video focuses on the learning aspect but the parental controls give the power back to the parents!
-Play time allowance
-messaging to device
All happens on a notification so that we know the child has seen what we have to say.
Please give it a look!
I may receive some form of compensation, financial or otherwise, from my recommendation or link.
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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2014 5:14 AM (in response to Struwwwelpeter)
Also as well as an application for iOS, we also have a "black box" that can be plugged into an xbox or any other video feed to take over any electronics that a child may have!
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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2014 5:20 PM (in response to Struwwwelpeter)
Hi! I'm at the moment trying to develop an parental controll app for ipad. We are a group of people that are locking into the possible way of setting an app that will work as a timer where the parent can decide the amount of time the child should have one the device. When the time runs out the the app will shut down the ipad in resting mode, so to open it you ned to sett a 4 digitt pass code. This is from our view the only way to create an app to time controll childrens use of the ipad because other apps cant be runned by others. We are in the starting face of this project and are seeking finance support. If you are interested in helping us you can find our company on www.webportalen.no
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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2014 7:46 PM (in response to Teamaaknes)
Teamaaknes, you may want to look at "Parentkit" it's not free (it's about $40 per year), but I think it already does what your trying to do and more. It's in the Apple Apps store. Also, you can not post this type add in this forum, I'm guessing it will come down shortly. Cheers.
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