Classroom iPhone and iPad Security Settings

Apple devices have many security and privacy features that enable a user to choose the level of privacy that he/she wants.  The iDropNews article, 8 Important Security Settings Every iPhone or iPad Owner Should Know, provides details about these options and how to activate these options.

Security and Privacy Settings

  1. Change Lock Screen Notification Settings
  2. Use a Unique, Alphanumeric Passcode
  3. Tweak Lock Screen Access Settings
  4. Lock Your Notes
  5. Set Up Two-Factor Authentication
  6. Privately Browse Safari
  7. Turn Off Location Tracking
  8. Tweak Ad Tracking Settings in Safari

Teacher Hints


  • As teachers and presenters, we connect our iDevice to a projector and display our screen to a class.  However, we do not want notifications to popup - especially notifications that might include confidential student information or even our own personal correspondence.  I personally use the Do Not Disturb feature so that incoming emails, text messages and calls do not come through.  Do Not Disturb works well for work related notifications; however, my personal devices are set to allow notifications from my immediate family to come through. I can use Change Lock Screen Notifications to instantly turn off all email and text message notifications when presenting.  
  • As educators - TVIs and COMS included - we often use our own devices (school provided or personal) when evaluating or teaching students to use technology.  As a COMS, many of my students , especially younger students, do not have their own iPhone.  In order to introduce these O&M students to GPS apps and other O&M-related apps, I allow my responsible students to use my personal iPhone.  For safety reasons, I turn on the Do Not Disturb feature, but again, this still allows my immediate family member texts, emails and phone calls to come through. Now, I use Change Lock Screen Notifications to eliminate these notifications.

Note:  When VoiceOver is running, notifications that pop up will automatically be read aloud!

Tweak Lock Screen Access Settings

  • Camera: I have had a couple of students who have inappropriately grabbed someone else's iDevice to take prank pictures.  When this is an issue, a simple solution is to turn off the ability to take pictures from the Lock Screen.  When this feature is de-activated, then the student must know the iDevice's password before he/she has access to the camera.  
  • Text Messages: You can also use this setting to disable the ability to respond to a text message without first unlocking the device.
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