It seems like an iPhone, iPod, or even an iPad is practically a must-have for kids and teens these days. And while parents are glad to give their kids these powerful communication and entertainment devices, you may also have some concerns about what kind of content they can access on them. These articles will help you balance your child's use of technology with your desire to protect them.
Concerned about what kind of apps or websites your kids have access to, or who may be trying to contact them? Tools built into iOS and iTunes help you control these things.
- Using iPhone Content Restrictions - Lets you control many different apps and purchases, as well as restricting explicit content. Works on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
- Using iTunes Parental Controls - Enforce the ratings system on content played in iTunes or bought through the iTunes Store
Remember when an allowance meant a few dollars a month? These days, an allowance can be a regular supply of money in your child's iTunes account so they can buy new music. These articles provide the ins and outs of iTunes allowances.
- How to Set Up an iTunes Store Allowance
- iTunes Allowance Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Use an iTunes Allowance
- How to Cancel an iTunes Allowance
What apps your kids can use or make purchases through is controlled via the content restrictions above, but you may be curious about gifting apps.
iPhone/iPod for Toddlers
Kids are starting to use technology at earlier and earlier ages these days. Check out some thoughts from About.com's Guide to Preschoolers about using the iPhone or iPod with very young kids.