Disable the iTunes Store to Prevent Unwanted Purchases
One of the best ways to kid-proof (and generally fool proof) an iPhone or iPad is to turn off in-app purchases. That’s great for the iOS world, but for the desktop you can do something similar by disabling access to the iTunes Store completely, this will prevent unintended purchases of apps, music, movies, books, or anything else, by blocking access to the entire store.
- From iTunes in OS X or Windows, open Preferences via the iTunes menu
- Choose the “Parental” tab and under the “Disable” section check “iTunes Store”
- Optionally for student usage, leave “Allow access to iTunes U” unchecked
All access to the iTunes media stores is now blocked, either through iTunes, the iTunes sidebar, clicked App Store links, or any other method you’d usually use to get there.
If you do find yourself in a situation where someone bought a bunch of apps or content you didn’t intend to happen, you can try to get a refund from iTunes and the App Stores. As long as you provide a genuinely valid reason, they typically follow through with the request without incident.