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How to Create a Child Account for Family Sharing on Mac

Jan 26, 2021 - 1 Comment
How to Create a Child Account for Family Sharing on Mac

Got your kid a shiny new MacBook as a present recently? Or perhaps you simply created a new username for a child on an existing Mac? Also, is that kid under 13 years of age? If so, they will not be able to create an Apple ID account on their own. Therefore, you as the … Read More

How to Use Guided Access on iPhone & iPad to Lock an App on Screen

Sep 9, 2020 - Leave a Comment
How to Use Guided Access on iPhone & iPad to Lock an App On Screen

Guided Access is an extremely useful accessibility feature that can be utilized to lock your iPhone and iPad’s screen to one app. It can also limit what you can touch on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch screen. Guided Access is a great feature of iOS and iPadOS, particularly for parents, educators, and even businesses … Read More

How to Set Time Limits on iPhone & iPad Apps with Screen Time

Mar 26, 2020 - 2 Comments
Select which apps to limit

Want to set a time limit for app usage on iPhone or iPad? Screen Time lets you do just that. At a time where we all perhaps use our iPhones a little too much, knowing exactly how long we spend with it in our hand can be useful. Knowing which apps we use most can … Read More

Prevent Volume Buttons from Changing the Ringer & Alert Levels on iPhone

Jul 18, 2014 - 23 Comments
iPhone volume buttons

If you’ve ever let a child play with your iPhone, you know that every physical button probably gets pressed a few million times, often repeatedly. There’s obviously little harm in that by itself, but a fairly common scenario is that a parent hands their iPhone to their kid to play a game or watch a … Read More

Protect Hearing By Setting Volume Limits on Music Played in iOS

Jul 12, 2014 - 1 Comment
Volume Limit in iOS

Have you ever had someone pass you their headphones to hear a song, and had your ears blasted by an outrageously loud volume level? Well, by default, anyone can crank the volume up on music played from an iOS device to 100%. That may sound like no big deal, but there are situations where listening … Read More

Find Kids Apps in the iOS App Store the Easy Way with Age Sorting

Dec 23, 2013 - 2 Comments
Access and browse the Kids App Store in iOS

Apple has created individual sections of the App Store for kids, which makes finding age appropriate apps for children much easier than it was before. With a few adjustments, you can basically create a kids-only App Store, perfectly suited for children aged 11 and under, but also conveniently broken into different age groups if you’re … Read More

How to Block Access to Adult Content & Websites on iPhone & iPad

Dec 12, 2013 - 16 Comments

Apple has long included various means of placing parental controls and filtering for content available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but up until recent iOS updates there was not a simple method of blocking web-based adult content and material in Safari. That has changed with new iOS releases, which makes it extremely easy … Read More

How to Use Restrictions as Parental Controls on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Jul 20, 2013 - 2 Comments
Set content restrictions in iOS

If you plan on giving an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a child, take a moment to set up some very basic parental controls on the device by using the Restrictions feature of iOS. It only takes a minute to configure, and this will prevent the access of inappropriate content, avoid mature themed media, … Read More

Limit Application Usage in Mac OS X with Parental Controls

Nov 8, 2012 - 1 Comment
Restrict App Usage in Mac OS X

If you want to restrict app usage for a particular user on a Mac, there is no easier option than Parental Controls. This is a great solution for parents setting up a limited-access account for a kid, for public usage Macs, Macs in the enterprise, or even just for a restricted Guest account for when … Read More

Enable “Kid Mode” on iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with Guided Access in iOS

Sep 25, 2012 - 24 Comments
Enable Guided Access in iOS

The iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone make excellent toys and learning tools for kids, but if you’ve seen a youngin’ with an iOS device you know it’s only a matter of time before the inquisitive mind of a child escapes the current application and ends up elsewhere. That inevitable sequence can be stopped in its … Read More

A Charlie Brown Christmas for iPad

Nov 26, 2011 - 2 Comments
A Charlie Brown Christmas

The holiday classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is now available as an interactive story book on the iPad. Featuring digitally remastered illustrations from the original 1965 animated TV classic, it features voice narration and the soundtrack from the original Charlie Brown episode, but the experience has been optimized for iOS. You can play Schroeders piano, … Read More

How to Setup iTunes Store Allowances

Dec 17, 2010 - 2 Comments

The ability to set iTunes allowances is a great way to manage a kids spending habits on the iTunes Store. An allowance on the iTunes Store encompasses music, video, and app purchases. If you plan on gifting an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone to a child, this is a helpful service to implement beforehand. Setting … Read More

Make your Mac Kid Friendly

Jul 16, 2010 - 2 Comments

If you have young kids there’s a couple things you can do to make your Mac even more friendly and easy to use for them. The focus should be on simplifying the user experience by reducing anything that’s confusing or distracting. Here are my favorite tricks for making the Mac experience extra friendly for young … Read More

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