The first time I handed an iPad to my kid, I felt a little guilty, but not for the reasons you might think. The way I figured, with such an awesome tool in his tiny hands -- with the collected knowledge of mankind literally at his fingertips -- my child had an unfair advantage over his peers and a fast track to an Ivy League education.
But minutes later, when I had to pry Angry Birds from him like a T-bone from a tiger, I quickly realized that the iPad, for all its potential, was a tool that needed some serious limits placed on it.
Apple must know this too. From the outset, Apple has empowered parents with tools to limit iPods and iOS devices to a restricted set of features that parents can tailor to their child. You can find these Parental Restriction settings by navigating to Settings > General > Restrictions. A video demonstration of how to work these settings can be seen here.
But if you've ever handed an educational math app over to your kid, only to come back and find them playing Need for Speed, then you may want to give Guided Access a try. If you can't see our video tutorial above, try this direct link.