7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 5, 2011 9:28 AM by Roosevelt Jones
HarshaKodnad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
In settings - general - restriction, there is an way to protect few options and applications being accessed via password protection. This works like a parental control. However has following issues.

1. No option to disable mail, contact, notes etc. Applications
2. Restrictions set are not saved. Every time we need to reenable the settings.
3. App ratings are not strictly used by app store and hence app rating based protection does not work.
4. Also required to prevent being modifying the location of app icons.

Just think of a 4 year old baby and you want to handover your iPad to him for him to play games and others.


Harsha Kodnad

iPhone 3GS / iPad, iOS 4, iPad
  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (29,200 points)
    1) We're all just users here like you. If you want to let Apple know about your concerns, use this: http://www.apple.com/feedback/

    2)Why the heck would hand over an iPad to a 4 year old to use unsupervised?
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (85,705 points)
    James Ward4 wrote:
    2)Why the heck would hand over an iPad to a 4 year old to use unsupervised?

    I've caught a lot of flack for asking that same question. Needless to say, I agree!
  • HarshaKodnad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you. I will write the feedback to apple about it.

    There are plenty of applications like Alphabets, animals related etc, which are suited for a 3-4 year child.

    I also have rhymes / cortoon videos which are used by by son.

    iPad is so user friendly that a 4 year child can easily use it
  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (29,200 points)
    Indeed there are apps appropriate to 4 year olds. doesn't mean they should use it unsupervised.
  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,700 points)
    Right - and for them, buy another iPad set for their use. (If only I could collect commissions for selling iPads!).
  • HarshaKodnad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I still believe it is a user experience issue.


    Once I have enabled restriction with a password and chosen few options and applications etc., I would need to do the same again the next time I want set restriction again after removing it. It should at least remember my last settings.


    Secondly when in the allow list safari is covered but why not mail application?

  • Roosevelt Jones Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)

    I think the iOS devices are generally single user devices. The Restrictions settings provide a way the turnkey the device. If that truly is the design goal then you would not need to disable apps like Mail which require you to add in the email accounts for the app to be functional. This is not the case with an app like Safari. Other apps use media that is appropriateness rated and that what is reflected in the Restrictions settings. So if you want to turnkey the device for a young child, you would restrict Mail by adding and deleting the email accounts. I think restrictions were implemented to allow a user to setup a device but not really also be an additional end user.