iPod, iPad, iPhone Archive

  • Apple unveiled their new operating system, iOS 8.  This update is due for release in the fall for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.  There are many new features but a few in particular that parents will want to learn about.  At the top of that list is the answer to many of our prayers: the ability to remove yourself from a group iMessage!  And the new family sharing feature has great potential for those with multiple Apple devices in the home.

    The solution to unwanted group iMessages on the way with iOS 8

    Apple unveiled their new operating system, iOS 8. This update is due for release in the fall for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. There are many new features but a few in particular that parents will want to learn about. At the top of that list is the answer to many of our prayers: the ability to remove yourself from a group iMessage! And the new family sharing feature has great potential for those with multiple Apple devices in the home.

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  • Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you've visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”.  The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there.  This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it.  Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.

    Frequent Locations: Your iPhone knows where you’ve been

    Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you've visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”. The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there. This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it. Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.

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  • Recently I received a question from two different readers about restriction and lock screen passcodes on Apple devices.  It is recommended to use a different passcode for restrictions than the one used on the lock screen.  So here are step-by-step instructions for how to change the restrictions setting to make it different than the lock screen passcode.  This example assumes that you've already set restrictions, but you now want to change the Restrictions passcode.

    Use different Passcodes for Restrictions and Lock Screen on Kids’ Devices

    Recently I received a question from two different readers about restriction and lock screen passcodes on Apple devices. It is recommended to use a different passcode for restrictions than the one used on the lock screen. So here are step-by-step instructions for how to change the restrictions setting to make it different than the lock screen passcode. This example assumes that you've already set restrictions, but you now want to change the Restrictions passcode.

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  • Last week was the much ballyhooed debut of the iPhone 5S and 5C along with iOS 7.  iOS is the Apple operating system for mobile devices.  While a lot of folks are commenting on the new design, there are at least two new features that parents should be aware of.  First, you can now restrict Safari from showing adult content, and second, you can block contacts.  Blocking contacts means there is a solution to the problem of group iMessages.

You may want to upgrade your child’s devices just for these features!  Here’s the low down.

    Two iOS 7 features Parents will Love

    Last week was the much ballyhooed debut of the iPhone 5S and 5C along with iOS 7. iOS is the Apple operating system for mobile devices. While a lot of folks are commenting on the new design, there are at least two new features that parents should be aware of. First, you can now restrict Safari from showing adult content, and second, you can block contacts. Blocking contacts means there is a solution to the problem of group iMessages. You may want to upgrade your child’s devices just for these features! Here’s the low down.

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  • A group iMessage is a message sent to a group rather than just one recipient.  So what’s the problem? Once you’re in, you cannot get out! Think of a group iMessage as the equivalent of the dreaded “Reply to All” e-mail in a work setting.  Here are some tips for dealing with Group iMessages that your kids are involved in.

    The problem with Group iMessages

    A group iMessage is a message sent to a group rather than just one recipient. So what’s the problem? Once you’re in, you cannot get out! Think of a group iMessage as the equivalent of the dreaded “Reply to All” e-mail in a work setting. Here are some tips for dealing with Group iMessages that your kids are involved in.

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  • Here’s the scenario – you’re sitting in the bleachers at your daughter’s basketball game.  Her younger sister is sitting next to you and says “Mommy, I’m bored.  Can I play a game on your phone?”  You hand over your iPhone and the little one starts happily playing Angry Birds.  You go back to watching the game.  Next thing you know, she’s closed out of Angry Birds and all your apps are rearranged.  Argh!

    Limit your child to one app with Guided Access

    Here’s the scenario – you’re sitting in the bleachers at your daughter’s basketball game. Her younger sister is sitting next to you and says “Mommy, I’m bored. Can I play a game on your phone?” You hand over your iPhone and the little one starts happily playing Angry Birds. You go back to watching the game. Next thing you know, she’s closed out of Angry Birds and all your apps are rearranged. Argh!

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