Tools for Parents
We have compiled several resources to help parents manage technology at home and better understand the role of iPads in learning.
Managing Your Child's Use of the iPadWe have updated instructions and recommendations for the 2014-15 school year.
- View information about setting iPad restrictions.
- View options for managing iMessage.
- View iCloud backup instructions.
Technology at Home
Common Sense MediaFind media-related ratings and guides for parents on this website.
- View the Family Media Agreements.
- Go to Making Sense, the Common Sense Media blog.
- Get the Kids Media app (free for iOS and Android).
- Register to receive age-specific email newsletters.
NetSmartzAge-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. View the website.
Growing Up OnlineA guide for parents and teachers of six-to-nine-year-old children. View on Amazon.
iOS: Understanding Parent ControlsApple provides information about managing Parent Controls on iOS devices. View the website.
Warranty OptionsBelow are links to a few companies that offer iPad warranties. Others exist, as well. Please review providers’ costs, terms of service and coverage lengths to find the best fit for your family’s needs. Also, many (but not all) insurance companies will allow you to list an iPad on your Scheduled Personal Property. However, you typically must stipulate extended replacement cost; otherwise, a depreciated value would be used to determine the loss. Check directly with your agent or insurer about this option. It may be less expensive than an after-purchase policy.
Cyberbullying Research CenterAn organization providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. View the website.
Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone CommunicationPromoting a new digital consciousness. View the website.
iPads in Learning
Horizon ReportsEach year, the New Media Consortium publishes its Horizon Report. Each report provides an overview of several cultural trends in technology and considers their impact on education. Part of that includes a meta-analysis of several research projects. These reports provide an excellent overview.
Technology Meets Education BlogThis blog is maintained by a primary teacher in Thailand. He does an exhaustive study of the issues and multiple research projects, so many of his entries serve as a rich lode of other resources. Two of the best on the iPad are:
- What are the Effects of the iPad on Teaching and Learning? Literature Review
- The Effects of the iPad on Teaching and Learning. Annotated Bibliography