iPod, iPad, iPhone Archive

  • 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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  • [Updated for iOS 6] Learn how to turn off Location Services on the iPod touch, iPad and iPhone.  Prevent your kids from sharing their location on Instagram, Facebook and other apps.  Then prevent them from changing the savings.

    Keep your Child’s Location Private: How to turn off Location Services

    [Updated for iOS 6] Learn how to turn off Location Services on the iPod touch, iPad and iPhone. Prevent your kids from sharing their location on Instagram, Facebook and other apps. Then prevent them from changing the savings.

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  • [Updated] Contrary to popular belief and contrary to my previous version of this article, you CAN restrict iMessage on an iPod touch or iPad.  I did not find this documented on the Apple web site, or anywhere else on the internet.  I discovered this by accident after the most recent update to iOS 6.

    How to Restrict iMessage

    [Updated] Contrary to popular belief and contrary to my previous version of this article, you CAN restrict iMessage on an iPod touch or iPad. I did not find this documented on the Apple web site, or anywhere else on the internet. I discovered this by accident after the most recent update to iOS 6.

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