Don’t Forget to Turn off the iTunes Store

Schools, to the best of my knowledge, aren’t allowed to have a credit card (at least our school council has prevented us from obtaining one, perhaps it’s because our Principal looks like an irresponsible, irrational, impulse buyer) so as a result, I’ve used my own iTunes account to purchase all of the apps and media for the iPads, to be reimbursed from the ICT budget at a later date. Before distributing the iPads, be sure to check the security settings. Here are a couple of must-do’s;

  1. Turn on all possible restrictions. Go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > ENABLE RESTRICTIONS. You’ll be prompted for a PIN. From here you’ll want to disable YouTube and iTunes. YouTube is already blocked by the department so that shouldn’t be a problem, but by restricting it, we remove it from the home page. It removes the temptation for students wanting to tap it’s little icon. The iTunes icon will also be removed from the home screen.
  2. When the iPad has been synced and all set up, go into SETTINGS > STORE and tap SIGN OUT.  The last thing you want is for the  students to be able to access your iTunes account. “Honestly honey, I didn’t buy the Lady Gaga album, it must have been one of my students” is probably not going to satisfy the wife. Don’t let it happen.
  3. DO NOT restrict the ‘Installing Apps’ icon. This will be nothing but a nuisance. When you go to sync your iPad, the Apps section of your iPad in iTunes will be shaded out and you’ll need to go in and flick it in order to sync apps again. By completing the step above, the students won’t be able to purchase apps anyway. The most they’ll be able to do is browse the App Store.
  4. Leave Location ON because many of your apps will need to detect a location in order to function.
  5. Now go down the list and change the restrictions on the media. We’ve done the following for our grade six students (12 year olds); In-App Purchases OFF. Ratings For Australia. Music & Podcasts Explicit OFF. Movies PG. TV Shows TV-PG. Apps 12+. I’d consider making the Movies and TV rated G unless you have explicit permission from parents that students are permitted to watch PG.
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