“Guided Access — A How To Guide” or “What to do if you can’t get your iPad back from your toddler”

Like a lot of you, I have a toddler who is obsessed with tablets, mostly because she sees everyone else using one.

I hate letting her use it at this age, but when I’m making dinner, doing laundry or cleaning the litter box, it’s nice to know I can give her the iPad for five minutes and knows she’s not going to get into trouble.

The first thing you need to do is get a really thick iPad case. It’s takes a load off my mind knowing I’m not giving her something that will instantly become a $700 paperweight. Also, it doesn’t hurt to get a screen protector.

Next you need to enable Guided Access. You can do this on your phone as well. It disables the buttons on your device and prevents your child from making random phone calls, liking posts on Facebook and filling up your camera roll.

To turn in Guided Access open up the settings app. Under General go into Accessibility.

From Accessibility go into Guided Access.

When in Guided Access set that feature to On. Enable a passcode so your child can’t exit out of whatever app. Time limits can be set to keep your kid in a specific app for a set amount of time. Turn on the Accessibility Shortcut, clicking the home button three times quickly starts Guided Access.

Next exit out of settings and download some educational apps for your kid. I figure if my little girl is going to be playing with my iPad she going to be learning.

I find Fisher Price has a nice selection of apps on then App Store.

Now open one of those apps up and hit the home button three times. In the top right corner hit Start and hand it to your child.

When they’ve had enough screen time, take the iPad away. Hit the home button three times and enter your code. In the top left you’ll see an End option, top right has a Resume button. Make your selection and go about your day knowing your child was entertained/educated and your device/data is safe.