iPad Usage


Set Up

The initial set up of the iPad occurs when the device is first switched on.  The Setup Assistant will step you through signing in or creating an Apple ID, connecting to a WI-FI network and setting up features like iCloud and Location Services.  The below link is the iPad support section of the Apple website that provides information on:
  • Get started with iPad
  • Connect to Wi-Fi on your iPad
  • How to back up your devices using iCloud or iTunes
  • Add an email account to your iPad
  • Set my Find My iPad
  • Sign in with your Apple ID on a new device
The iPad User Guide covers all the features of built-in apps and how to use them.  This can be accessed below or in the Bookmarks section of the Safari browser on the iPad.
Apple's terms and conditions state that users must be 13 years of age or older to have a personal Apple ID.  Therefore, parents/guardians of children under the age of 13 would be required to create and manage their child’s Apple ID.  The link below is a USA-based Apple document that provides a range of parent information including how to set Restrictions.
Parent Guide 


How to set restrictions on an iPad

You are able to set Restrictions on an iPad to prevent access to specific apps and features.  You will be required to create a Restrictions passcode, which is different from your child’s passcode.  It is important not to forget the Restrictions passcode as the device will need to be restored to factory settings if forgotten. 
To set Restrictions:
Settings > General >Tap Restrictions then tap Enable Restrictions.

How to view Safari

At the College, student’s internet browsing history can be tracked while they are connected to the network by the Managed Internet Service (MIS), it is also possible for a parent/guardian to view what their children have been doing inside their web browser:
Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data

How to view Apps through the camera

Parents/guardians are also able to view apps that have been used through the camera, one benefit of this is to monitor usage of certain social media apps:
Settings > Privacy > Camera

Family Sharing

Family sharing is a great way to keep everyone connected and share your photos, family calendar and much more.  Family Sharing can be used for up to six people to share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases without sharing accounts.  Further information is located at:

Balancing screen time

Balancing screen time means being aware of how to balance time spent online with all of life’s other activities such as getting enough sleep, exercise, school work, hobbies, face-to-face time with friends and family, and other important tasks.  As a young person, it can become difficult to find a balance and this can impact the above activities.  Parents/guardians can employ some basic tips to balance screen time. They are:
  • to agree to limits
  • set family rules
  • turn off devices before bedtime
  • consider the difference between using a screen for homework compared to using it for entertainment

Personal information

Personal information is any information or combination of information that enables an individual to be identified. Personal information is used by many businesses for legitimate communication. However this is not always the case and some personal information can be accessed by criminals, shared with other people without permission or used inappropriately by marketers.  For further information visit:
The Office of Children’s eSafety Commissioner website the details information on protecting personal information -

Protecting data

Backing up data is a valuable technique to protect the files that are on an iPad.  To back up the whole iPad a user can use iCloud or iTunes and for further protection a user can back up individual files using an online (cloud based) source like Dropbox, the important thing is that it is backed up. iCloud can automatically back up data by completing the following set up:
Settings > iCloud > Backup > Backup On
iTunes can automatically backup your iPad each time it syncs with iTunes when you plug it in to a computer running iTunes.  It is recommended that the average user backs their data up at least once a week in order to effectively protect their information.  One strategy that has proved effective, if a user manually completes a backup of individual files in addition to iCloud or iTunes is to use a reminder like a favourite weekly TV show that is on to initiate the back-up.  A simple strategy is to use the following naming strategy: What you are backing up_Year_Month_Day. For example School_2016_02_22 might be a folder name for someone backing up their school work. By following this simple strategy, finding the file you want becomes a much easier task. 

Protecting devices

Protecting a device is very important and one of the key strategies that is used at Murrumba State Secondary College is the use of a locker.  Lockers are available for a small deposit of $10 once a Locker Application Form (forms are at iServices) has been completed and handed in at the finance window to receive the key.
Last reviewed 17 September 2021
Last updated 17 September 2021