Q. Is there anything parents should do before letting a toddler, preschooler or elementary schooler play on their iPad?
A. Yes, says Jinny Gudmundsen, author of "iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies" (Wiley, $19.99). She suggests:
iPad will erase your personal data, Gudmundsen says. The iPad can't differentiate between a thief trying to hack in and your kid trying to get in.
Parental controls are called Restrictions under the Settings /General section "You have a lot of options," Gudmundsen says. Control whether they surf the Web or can install apps and limit the media they can look at by age category.
Under apps in restrictions, turn off "in-app purchases" Kids may not realize when they purchase items to enhance their play inside the "free" app. You don't want to be surprised with a bill for hundreds of dollars.
Apple Game Center, where kids can play multiplayer games and communicate with other players. "You don't want them talking to strangers," she says.