If you’re a parent and just so happen to own an iPad, no matter how many times you refuse to let your kids use your iPad, in time they’ll wear you down and you’ll eventually give in. If you ever decide to let your children use your iPad, it’s best to lay down some basic ground rules.
The app store is off limits
Your children aren’t familiar with spending virtual cash just yet, and might not realize that they’ve spent the equivalent of both an arm in leg in the iTunes app store on games that they want to try out. When I decided to allow my children to use my iPad, I showed them the iTunes app icon and informed them that if they clicked that button the iPad would explode and they’d get nothing for Christmas – just kidding. It’s best that you sit your children down and have the “app store talk” if they are ever going to be able to use your iPad.
Clean hands only
The iPad is a touch screen device – duh – and… well… have you seen your children’s hands and fingers? Germs, dirt, crud, and some sort of slime always seem to form on your children’s hands and contrary to popular belief, that’s not exactly what you want all over your iPad screen. Get your children into the habit of washing their hands every time you let them use your magical iPad.
The iPad is not a punching bag
Back to this touch screen thing – put an emphasis on the word “touch”; the iPad is not a bash screen device. Playing with your magical iPad gadget is sure to get your children excited and an excited child lacks at least one thing; control. For some reason, your children feel that in order for their touch input to register, they must poke the heck out of your iPad screen. You might have to sit your children down and show them how to gently touch the iPad’s screen before you can let them have fun with your $500-$830 toy.
Sit completely still
It is imperative that you have your child in a seated position before you hand them the iPad. Your children must be hypnotized to thinking that they don’t have any legs or you’ll seriously run the risk of having your iPad succumb to lots of accidental scenarios.
One person at a time
I have four children and regardless of if you have more than one child or if they are around other children, you must let your children know that the iPad is a one person only device. The absolute last thing you want your iPad to be subjected to is an “it’s my turn fight.” If you have multiple children its best to assign time limits to stop your children from fighting with and for your iPad.
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