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Dad Immediately Regrets Letting Toddler Play With iPad When He Sees Lock Screen.

Technology can be both a blessing and a curse, especially when it comes to parenting.

Busy parents often hand over their phone or tablet to let their kids play games while they’re waiting for something or in the car, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the item back in the same condition once they’re done with it. Currently, no parent understands this truth more than Washington, D.C. journalist and father Evan Osnos.


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Evan had handed his iPad over to his 3-year-old son to play with while he worked, but when he got the device back he had to do a double-take. The screen indicated that the device had been locked due to too many failed login attempts, but that wasn’t the real problem.

The real issue is how long the iPad would be out of commission due to those failed login attempts; the display let Evan know that he’d be welcome to use his iPad again in a mere 25,536,442 minutes.

We’ll save you a Google search; that amounts to over 47 years. Evan must have been a curious mixture of amused and irritated as he took to his Twitter page to seek advice from the peanut gallery.


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Apple products are known for locking people out when they attempt to log in too many times, and thankfully there are safeguards in place for just such an occasion. Yet instead of merely suggesting the preferred methods for unlocking the device, including connecting it with iTunes and restoring it to factory settings, the internet responded with jokes.

“Reboot your 3-year-old,” wrote one helpful user. Others had equally useless but humorous suggestions:


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Evan decided to go the more traditional route and restore the iPad to factory presets the old-fashioned way. A few short days later, he shared an update on “toddler-iPad-lock-out.”


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All’s well that ends well, and perhaps Evan’s mistake will help other parents remember to closely monitor their kids on iPads and other devices. At the very┬áleast, this story is a reminder to never trust a toddler with an expensive piece of technology unless you feel like getting locked out for the next half century or so!

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