All iPads iPad use timer for kids?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iMas70, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. iMas70 macrumors 6502a

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    Is anyone using any special timer for their kid's iPad use? I caught the end of a tablet commercial that said their tablet comes with one. I know I can use the timer in the clock app but wondering if there is anything better.
     
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I think the Kindle Fire, and possibly the Nook tablets come with kid timers. I know Apple doesn't make one, and I doubt apps that do that kind of thing would be allowed in the App Store -- keeping time, yes, but shutting down the tablet after a preset time, no.

    But then, books didn't come with preset timers, either, and hmmmm, I dunno if I would be a better person if they did or not! :D
     
  3. iMas70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't catch the whole commercial so I'm not sure how they work (shut it down or not). I know that I can just say "ok, you've been on it enough" but that's to easy :)
     
  4. donnaw macrumors 65816

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    I have a new Fire and yes, it has a timer. You can set it for different lengths for reading, watching videos, playing games, etc. haven't dug into it much since I'm just the grandmother and I can easily get away with just telling them 'times up'.

    I imagine most parents won't limit reading time nearly as much as the other stuff that will likely entice kids more (like games).

    As for timers on reading, I do know that personally I would have gotten a LOT more sleep over the years if I had had one. Way too many reading sessions not associated with the next days class/test. And way too many reading sessions lasting to 4 am or so on a work night! The good news is that now that I'm retired I can read all night with absolutely zero guilt, not that guilt bothered me much but at least I can take a nap later in the day.
     

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