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!
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is the latest gaming phenomenon sweeping the world. Children worldwide are obsessed with this game and parents worldwide are stuggling to manage the time that their children spend on it. Recent reports state that there are 125 million players of this game, and up to 3 million concurrent users at any point in time.
20/5/2018 0 Comments
The iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch have been around for many years now. As the years have gone by, the age of those who use these devices has become lower and lower.
In allowing younger (and not-so-young) children on these devices, many adults fail to consider just what they are putting into the hands of their kids. Many others know there are dangers, but are not sure how to make the device/s safer. It's just too hard.
These small devices are actually powerful computers that open up the whole, dangerous online world to our children. Without adequate protection and controls, children can so easily be exposed to terrible sites, images and people - putting both their mental and physical safety at risk.
So, what can you do to protect your child?
(Contributed by Andrew Coulston)
So many kids have headed off to school this year with an iPhone (or perhaps even a iPad with cellular capability) in their pocket or school backpack. Whether that phone is on a pre-paid or monthly plan, or perhaps on a shared data plan, a key concern for most parents is that their child does not spent a fortune on mobile data.
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.
Avoid iCloud Confusion
Whether it’s the latest iPhone X or a hand-me-down iPhone from Mum or Dad, there are some critically important things to consider when setting up a new smartphone for your child. The same applies for an iPad or Mac.
If these devices are not correctly set up from the start, iCloud confusion can take hold in the family, resulting in messages, contacts, notes and more ending up where they’re not intended - and, in some cases, the unintended deletion of vital information! Don’t let it happen to you!
Here is a previous iTandCoffee articles on this topic:
If you are 'handing down' a mobile device to your child, the best approach is to completely wipe it. On an iPad and iPhone, this means going to Settings -> General -> Reset - Erase All Contents and Settings.
Protect your children from inappropriate content
Before any piece of technology is put in the hands of a child, it is essential that appropriate parental controls are established. Even smartphones and tablets are powerful computers that give children access to the sometimes dangerous online world - and may give the dangerous online world access to them!
Failure to establish parental controls on your child's device not only puts your own child at risk of seeing inappropriate and sometimes highly damaging content - it also puts other children at risk.
Here are some previous articles on this topic:
Make sure your child's school work is safe
Whether your child is starting secondary school or entering those final critical high school years, now is the time to make sure that they have their own cloud storage and that all of their devices are being regularly backed up!
Countless times we’ve seen students who have lost critical work because they have not backed up and do not store their work 'in the cloud'. At VCE and university level, this can be an absolute catastrophe.
No-one need suffer the stress and anxiety arising from the loss of school and homework in addition to the pain of a lost or damaged device.
A current backup and use of a cloud storage solution is the best way to secure what cannot be replaced. As the proverb goes, ‘A stitch in time, saves nine’.
Here are some past iTandCoffee articles on this topic:
Don’t know where to start? iTandCoffee Can help!
We've put together a checklist for setting up your child's iPad or iPhone. View this checklist here »
If you need assistance, iTandCoffee can help with back-to-school set-up of Macs, laptops, tablets and phones.
Why not take advantage of our New Year special - receive a $10 discount off the first hour of all private appointments in January 2018.
Call 1300 885 420 today to book your place.
We have a workshop for parents in January
Why not come along to our 1-hour ‘Getting School Technology Ready’ information session / workshop. We are running it twice - on Tuesday January 23rd (evening session) and Wednesday January 24th (daytime session).
Bring your devices and stay for some hands-on help to make sure your family is ‘School Technology Ready’ in 2018.
For further information about these sessions, select the session name below.
So often during the 'Keeping kids safe on iPad and iPhone' sessions that iTandCoffee runs for school parent groups, we get asked for advice about parenting in this sometimes daunting technology world - questions like
So, we sought some advice from a clinical psychologist and cyber expert named Tena Davies (tenadavies.com), who regularly presents to school parents about parenting and technology.
We have recorded three short videos in which Tena addresses each of these questions.
Tip 1: Dealing with peer pressure relating to apps
Tip 2: Regulation vs. self-regulation - at what age
Tip 3: Negotiating with a child about technology use
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Several weeks ago, I shared an article about Google's new accounts for under-13's. These accounts allow parents to monitor and control their child's use of their Android device using something called Family Link. Unfortunately, at that point, these accounts were not yet available in Australia.
The good news this week is that Family Link is now available in Australia. So, for those of you who are interested in exploring how you can keep an eye on the kids' activity and usage of their mobile devices, here is an article on the topic from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Related handy hints and articles
Handy Hints (for iTandCoffee Club members)
When we run our 'Keeping kids safe on the iPad and iPhone' information sessions in local schools - where we look at how to set up parental controls on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches - we are often asked whether similar parental controls can be set up on Android devices.
For those parents whose children have Android devices, here is an interesting article that appeared online in the past week or so - about a Google app that allows parents to control what kids can do and see on their Android device/s, and to even limit the time they spend on these screens.
The article does mention that the app is available in the US - but I am assuming it is also available in Australia.
If you are an Android user interested in this app, let me know in the comments below if you are able to install and use it!
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