Smartphones & tablets

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Apple iPad

The iPad is a line of touchscreen tablets made up of the iPad Pro, the iPad mini, the iPad Air and the iPad that run on Apple’s own iOS operating system (the software that powers an iPad).

Created by Apple, iPads are often described as bigger versions of the iPhone as they have similar interfaces and features allowing users to do things like take photographs, send messages or play games. However, there are some key differences in size and specifications.

Through iOS, users can also access the App Store, which gives them access to millions of apps – from Roblox to Snapchat.

iOS does have parental controls available to help parents block or limit specific apps on their child’s iPad as well as restricting features such as location sharing.

As with the iPhone, the iPad’s parental controls can be accessed through the ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’ section of the ‘Screen Time’ setting on their child’s iPad. Apple also introduced Family Sharing which can be used to share Apple subscriptions like Apple Music, but also allows parents to set up an Apple ID for children in their family under 13 and set parental controls remotely (on their own devices).

Access parental controls
or safety settings here

Safety restrictions available

Harmful Content

Block or limit access to content that could be harmful to children e.g. videos that contain bad language or sexual, violent or discriminatory content.

In App Purchasing

Disable option to buy extra content, goods or subscriptions when using apps e.g. buying TikTok Coins when using the social media app TikTok

Location Sharing

Prevent users from being able to share their location with apps, websites or other users


Block a user's ability to communicate privately with one person or a group of people e.g. send or receive direct messages

Private Account

When an account is set to 'private' it means only approved people whom the user has chosen can see their profile and/or communicate with them e.g. just friends and family

Time Limit

Decide when and for how long a user can access a piece of technology e.g. set a schedule on a broadband router so that internet access turns off after 8pm

App Blocking

Prevent users from being able to install and/or delete apps on a device