If you bought an iPad 2 for your child, it’s important that you know about Parental Controls. That is especially the case with applications like FaceTime, which is a piece of software that allows the user to enter a video chat with someone.
The good news is that that they must have the other user’s email address, so it’s typically someone they know. The bad news is they usually know their boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s email address. We were all young once, so you know where this is going. Especially in today’s connected world.
Here’s how to disable FaceTime chat on your child’s iPad (hit the jump):
1) Go to “Settings” (The icon looks like little gears on your iPad’s Homescreen)
2) Go to “General” (This icon also looks like a little picture of gears)
3) Tap “Restrictions”
4) You will be taken to the next page.
5) Tap on “Enable Restrictions”
6) You will be asked to enter a passcode:
a) Make it something you can remember
b) Make sure it’s not something your kid can guess easily
7) You will get a list of applications that can be enabled/disabled with a password lock. Feel free to pick and choose which you don’t want them accessing. For this walkthrough, you are going to find FaceTime.
8) Switch FaceTime to “Off.”
9) When you return to the Homescreen, the FaceTime icon should be gone.
10) In order to use FaceTime, you will have to go back to your restrictions and re-enter your secret code. Because kids can get pretty crafty, we’d recommend changing the password from time to time.