There is a neat feature on the iPad that will assist in limiting the access for very young people and helping very old people use the iPad. The feature allows you to limit the buttons available on an application and is accessed through the Settings->General->Accessibility->Guided Access. Turn Guided Access “on” in this screen, then start the application you wish restricted. A “triple click” option then brings you to a screen that allows you to identify areas of the screen you wish to be inoperable… then “start” this shell application. [more]
I used this to assist my 96 year old mother-in-law… so she can read books in the Audible application… without getting into screens that she doesn’t understand. This really helps her quality of life… to be able to listen to audiobooks, and my quality of life... not having to run to her rescue to stop the book so she can do to dinner or sleep!!