While assisting a client to set up Parental Controls on her 12yo child's new iPhone this week, discussion turned to the topic of the 'Ask to Buy' setting in the Family Sharing setup of iCloud.
This setting allows a parent to remotely authorise (or not) a request from a child who is a member of their iCloud Family, to purchase/download content (even free apps).
In this particular client's case, her child was very keen to get onto the social media platforms that her friends were already on.
This mum was considering allowing her child on Instagram (as a Private account of course), so we installed it and set up the app so that it is a Private account.
She was happy that she had control over what other social media Apps her child could download, through the Ask to Buy setting.
But there is a catch to this setting that meant her child could have downloaded Apps or other content without having to ask for permission.
All parents need to be aware of this 'back door'.
There is an app for every occasion!
When it came time to draw the winner of the iTandCoffee Club prize draw, we had a thought!
Wouldn't it be great if there was an app that could draw the winner for us.
Of course there is. The app we used is called Lucky Raffle.
And here is the video of the prize draw - and the winder of the brand new 6th Generation iPad, drawn today at our final iTandCoffee Club session for the year today (14/12/18).
Thanks Simone R for this suggestion for the iTandCoffee Newsletter, telling us about an app that we should all have on our smartphones
"I just completed my first aid refresher course today and they got us to download this app. It’s awesome, especially the locality guide which gives latitude & longitude numbers for your location; particularly good if you’re out bush or at the MCG apparently!!!"
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A client recently asked if there is an easy way that she can write an email in English and have it convert to and send in the native language of the recipient. In her case, she has a Dutch friend to whom she would like to send an email in Dutch.
Once again, the answer is "yes there is" and "there is an app for that".
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If English is not your native language, or if you are learning a new language, you may want to be able to convert a web page that is written in English into a different language.
This is easy to achieve on your iPad and iPhone using the Safari app.
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I often say that each week has a theme for client questions, and last week's 'theme' was translation - how to translate a non-English web page to English, and vice-versa.
In this article we will look at how easy it is to use your mobile device (iPad, iPhone, or Android phone/tablet) to translate a web page that is in another language into English
(Here is a separate article that covers how to do the same thing on a computer.)
This week, I was asked if I would be interviewed on a regional radio station, to discuss kids on technology and cybersafety.
I though it would be great to be able to record the interview as it went to air, so that I could listen to it later.
So, I turned to an app that I have on my iPhone - an app that allows me to listen to any radio station, from anywhere in the world. It also allows me to record whatever is currently playing.
If you ever need to set up a time to talk to someone in a different country, looking at your own availability and then working out the equivalent time in that other location can be a challenge.
The World Clock in the standard Clock app is great for working out the current time at other locations around the world. But it doesn't give the option of putting in a future time and seeing the equivalent time at other locations.
The good news is that, as is usually the case, there is an app for that.
My 'twin' tech-lady in Los Angelos, Tech Wizard Judi Jacobs, sent a lovely email this week with thoughts about using the iPhone or iPad to improve your mental and physical well-being.
One of the apps she mentioned really took my fancy, and is especially topical at the moment because I am running a series of sessions for parents at various schools in Melbourne, about kids on technology. The topic of how to get kids off technology always comes up at these sessions.
The app is called Forest.
Here's what Judi said about this app:
"You "plant" a tree and can't use your phone until the tree is fully grown. You can decide the limits in set up. If you try to use your phone the app asks you "do you really want to kill this tree?" which is a ridiculously effective motivator to get through the time you are forcing yourself to unplug. (If there is an actual need to use your phone you merely click the home button.) Planting enough trees earns coins. With 2500 coins you can plant up to 5 real trees with the tree-planting organization Trees for the Future."
As someone who is forever attached to their technology, this might be a good one for me to try!
New iTandCoffee Club member Margaret M has been trying to work out how to email a Word document that she has created using Microsoft Word on her iPad. The usual 'Share' symbol (the square with the up-arrow) is not visible anywhere, and she could not locate an equivalent symbol that provided this capability.
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