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Visual Settings

The iPad is like any electronic device in that it can cause fatigue, eye strain, etc. As it is an essential tool used at St. Mary's Academy here are some settings/tips to help with reduce these issues:

Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift and set the schedule from Sunset to Sunrise.

Settings > Do Not Disturb and set a schedule that begins one hour before sleep should begin.

Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn it OFF at the top for all Apps.

Settings > Bluetooth and turn it OFF (if you are not using a keyboard).

Settings > General > Accessibility >

  • Reduce Motion and turn it ON.
  • Increase Contrast > Reduce Transparency > ON.

Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations >

  • Invert Colors
  • Color Filters
  • Auto-Brightness
  • Reduce White Point

Take Breaks! Screen time has been an issue for as long as computers have been around. One should not stare at a screen for more than 2 hours without taking a break. There are even Apps that you can set reminders to take breaks more frequently if you like.

Finally, we recommend at night to charge the iPad either on the opposite side of her room or in a different room entirely. Having it next to the bed can disturb sleep as it does back up and update Apps nightly so it is active on Wi-Fi during that time.