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Special Numbers User Guide - Settings

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Tapping the Settings button at the top right in the opening view of Special Numbers displays its Settings, as shown below.

Note: In version 2.7.0 and later, unless you have disabled the Child Safety Gate, then when you tap the Settings button, you will have to enter the answer to a simple calculation in order to proceed, but you can then disable this if you prefer.

Under the heading Activities are the settings specific to each activity: tap the activity name to show these, and refer to the chapter on each activity for further details.

All the other settings are common to all activities:

  • Animation Speed

    Slide to the left to slow down the pace of all activities, or to the right to speed them up.

  • Instructions

    Controls the behaviour of the Instructions button in each activity. Set to Text to display written instructions, Sound to play audio instructions, Sound And Text for both, or to None to hide the button. The default is Both.

  • Reward

    You can set this to show an animated reward (wiggling of the objects), to play an audible reward (clapping), both or neither, when you successfully complete an activity. The default is to use both.

  • Tap Arrow To Move On

    When it’s time to move on to the next step within an activity, a blue arrow normally appears, and you need to tap it to proceed. Turn OFF to instead move on automatically without showing the arrow. If you have turned this off, but you want an activity to automatically restart from the beginning when finished, use the padlock button, as described in Chapter 2.

  • Editing

    Turn OFF to automatically padlock each activity when it starts and to disable the Reset button in the opening view.

  • Child Safety Gate

    The child safety gate (also sometimes called a parental gate, parental lock or parental control) is designed to protect children against navigating out of the app and visiting websites with unsuitable content, etc. The gate was added to Special Numbers in version 2.7.0.

    The gate is enabled by default, so that whenever you tap the SettingsOnline Documentation or Manage Profiles in the main view, you are required to enter the answer to a calculation to continue, for example:

    9 - 3 + 4 =

    You can disable the gate, so that access to these actions is unrestricted. To do this, turn this switch OFF. You will at that point be presented with one last calculation to perform, in order to confirm your intention. You can re-visit this setting and turn the switch back ON to re-enable the gate.

    Note: The gate cannot prevent the child from leaving the app by pressing the device's home button and then opening another app. To lock the user temporarily into any app, we recommend making use of Apple's built-in Guided Access facility.

  • Remember Activity

    If this is ON, and you forcibly quit the app or power off your device while an activity is active, the same activity is automatically selected next time you start the app. If you turn it OFF, the app will instead always display its opening view when restarting.

  • Number Font

    Selects the font used for displaying number digits and number words. You can choose between ChalkboardHelvetica (the default), Special Letters, and Times New Roman. Our Special Letters font includes digits and letters with minimal decoration.

  • Background

    Sets the background colour for all activities: white, silver or black.

Please Note:

If you have more than 1 profile (as described in Chapter 10), the settings you see and any changes you make to them apply to the current profile only, apart from the EditingChild Safety Gate and Remember Activity settings, which apply to all profiles.

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