In a set of new tutorials on the iTandCoffee website, we show how to set up and use the Screen Time features offered as part of iOS 12, released in Sept 2018.
One of great features of Screen Time that a lot of parents will really appreciate is the ability to set time limits on a child's use of apps, either by category or on individual apps.
One of the questions we get asked so often is whether there is the capability to set these time limits by day of week - so that there can be different rules for weekends and weekdays.
Apple has a great set of parental controls built in to the Mac. These controls allow you to restrict adult web content, set time restrictions on when and how long the child can use the Mac, and more.
As we have talked about in a previous blog article, it is essential to ensure that any Mac your child uses has two separate 'user accounts' - one for you as the parent (the Administrator) and another for the child/children.
If your child's account is currently the only user account on the Mac, then you can't set up any parental controls.
You need to resolve this first by setting up a 'parent/administrator' user account. This account can then be used to manage any other account on the Mac - including resetting or passwords if this is necessary.
We have recorded a couple of tutorials on how to set up a separate accounts for the parent or child, and then how to set up the parental controls for the child's account.
We are very excited that iTandCoffee made The Age newspaper today (28/1/19) with an 'opinion piece' that I wrote recently on a topic that I am passionate about!
Here's a link to the full article from the online version of The Age.
If you are a parent who needs help with setting up your child's school tech, give us a call on 1300 885 420.
Or check out our great set of video tutorials that provide the easy-to-follow 'how to' on setting up parental controls (Screen Time and more) on your child's iPad or iPhone.
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No sooner does one School Year finish and we’re thinking about the next.
For many parents with children heading off to secondary school for the first time, it is perhaps time to consider a first mobile phone for their child. It is also very common these days for even primary school children to carry a smartphone.
It may also be the year that your child starts using an iPad, Mac or Windows laptop at school.
Here are some things to think about before you hand over any of this type of technology to your child
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'.
It's that time of year again, where so many parents are having to put on their 'IT' hat and set up devices for the upcoming school year.
If the device that you are setting up for your child is an iPad or iPhone, there is a list of things that you need to consider when setting up these devices.
We have put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard) and written up this list for you. Select the button below to view this checklist.
6/10/2018 0 Comments
With the recent release of Apple's Screen Time for mobile devices, parents were given a suite of great new parental controls to help manage their children's use of these devices - for children up to the age of 18.
If you haven't yet discovered these new features, visit Settings -> Screen time on an iPhone or iPad and explore the great controls that can now be put in place. (We are running information sessions on these great new features - see below for details of the schools we are visiting, and of the sessions that will be run at iTandCoffee.)
While Google launched its equivalent last year - the Family Link App for Android - it seemed to me to fall well short of parent requirements, since it only applied for children under 13 years of age. You could not use it for older children
15/9/2018 0 Comments
One of the frustrations I hear from parents all the time is that they wish they could stop their child from changing the passcode on the child's iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Not only does it prevent the parent from doing any 'spot checks' of the child's usage of the device, but we regularly deal with situations where the child changes the passcode to keep Mum and Dad out, and then forgets the passcode! This means the device has to be completely wiped, which may result in the loss of photos, app data and more.
8/9/2018 0 Comments
Many of you will already be aware that Apple's new set of iPhones will be announced this coming week, on Sept 12th. There are already lots of rumours about what these new iPhones will look like - here is just one article about this from The Age this week: Apple's iPhone Xs: What we know about the three new iPhone models expected next week.
Also arriving in the next week or two will be iOS 12, the upgraded operating system for our Apple Mobile devices.
As has been previously mentioned in this blog, this new version of iOS is going to be a must-have for families with children on i-Devices, as it includes an amazing set of new Parental Controls - known as Screen Time - that will allow parents to take back some control of the devices in their children's lives!
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