Great tip for limiting child use of iOS device.

In my family, we have a love of old and new technology.  My boys ages 6 and 4 (6 month old daughter, too) get to play with tech regularly. They regularly watch movies, play games, watch TV cartoons or YouTube videos (surprise egg videos are their thing right now) on my iPad 2 or iPad Air 2. However, my wife and I also want them to have an imagination, to learn to play with old school tech: books, make believe, actual toys/games, sticks, balls and dare I say it go outside. My 6 year old has a kindle fire HD and I really fell in love with the Kindle Free Time (parent time option), allowing time allotments for certain activities. Here is an interesting iOS hack to return your device to the locked home screen. This, potentially prevents the age old tantrum that occurs when you tell them to turn off the device. “Just a few more minutes, just one more.”  Now it will return to locked mode after a certain preset period of time.  Boom iOS parent mode.

Step 1: Touch the clock on the device.

Step 2:  Touch “timer” in the bottom right.

Step 3: Touch “When timer ends” and scroll all the way to the bottom and touch “stop playing.”

Step 4: Touch “set” in the top right of the screen.

Step 5: Set desired time.  Touch “start”

Step 6: Sit back and enjoy.  You can rest calmly, knowing that after the set period of time your device will be unusable and your kids now are done with the device.  They will just have to find something else to do.

What a great way to force, I mean teach them to share or to set limits on their activities.  It is not as good as the Kindle version, but it is useful.