Five Steps to Take Before Giving Your Kid an Old iPad

Before the new iPad went on sale, there was a lot of talk about buy backs, specifically which companies were offering the best prices for your old iPad. This seems like the solution for people without kids because everyone I know who upgrades to a new iPad, hands their old one. Sometimes a spouse gets the older version, which happened in our house when the iPad 2 came out, but many people end up giving them to their kids. Handing them down is a great treat for the kids, but as someone who has gotten a hand me down computer in the past, don’t forget to clean it first. I don’t mean shining it up, but rather, erasing the personal content.

PBS KIDS had the same thought and put together this prep check list before passing down interactive devices:

1. Sweep it: All devices should be cleaned of any content including personal files, credit card information, etc. before handing down to kids. Parents should swipe all their browser “cookies” and perform an application sweep.

2. Secure it: There are parental controls on most tech devices that can turn certain features on and off. Settings on the iPhone, for example, that can be restricted include explicit song titles, Internet browser, YouTube, iTunes, and the camera.

3. Set limits: As with any new toy, parents should set expectations and limitations with their kids when the device is handed down, and should encourage other forms of learning and play beyond the screen.

4. Find the right apps for your child: A good app is the perfect combination of education and entertainment, and should be appropriate for your child’s age and stage of development.

5. Avoid apps that try to sell: Apps labeled “lite” or “free” often attempt to make money by trying to sell virtual items while a child is playing a game, or link to another related app that requires payment to download. Select apps from trusted, reliable sources, and make sure that they are not trying to market to your child.

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