Limitations for Kids by Doctors

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Below is a link to a story from our local TV station, KRON-4, about how parents should limit the amount of time kids spend online.  Doctors from the American Academy of Pediatrics say that parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious consequences.

I remember our parents limiting the number of hours we could watch TV back in the 80s. These days though, it needs to be the hours of screen time for kids which includes TV, computer , video games, phones and any other online device.

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How to Safeguard Your Child’s iPod Touch

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I read this great article on one of my favorite blogs, Cool Mom Tech. It’s step-by-step instructions on how to keep your child’s iPod Touch safe. It’s something all parents should do for young children and teens. My son has been using his iPod Touch for years and I had no idea it had this capability until I read their article. Even though my son is almost 14, I went in and changed his settings so that he couldn’t download any apps or content that are for 17+.  I still have to check his iPod Touch often but knowing he can’t get to certain apps makes me feel a little bit better. I have some friends that go in and disable Facebook, YouTube, the internet and several other apps if their child gets bad grades or gets in trouble.

The information below is taken from CoolMomTech website article “How to make an iPod Touch safe for kids” located here. I checked these steps on iOS 7 and it works exactly the same.

Restrictions and Privacy

First of all, it’s up to you to keep in mind the age of your child and their maturity and sense of responsibility, in terms of what you allow and what you keep on lockdown. Hopefully this info will help you make the decisions that are best for you.

The iPod Touch comes complete with Safari and YouTube, as well as access to iTunes, the App Store, Facetime, and a camera. Now these are all awesome for us adults, but not so great for unfettered access by kids. Thankfully, you can set restrictions on pretty much everything on the device by doing the following:

iPod Touch Restricted Settings
1. Go to Settings
2. Click on General
3. Click on Restrictions
4. Enable restrictions (you will be asked for a passcode and will need to enter this to change any restrictions)
5. Turn “off” what you don’t want your kids to have access to, which may include Safari, Camera, Facetime, iTunes, Installing/Deleting Apps.
iPod Touch Allowed Content Settings

If you are keeping the iTunes and Installing Apps tabs “on,” you’ll want to scroll down to “Allowed Content” and set iTunes and App Store limits.

I moved Music & Podcasts to “clean” and set Movies and TV-Shows to “G” and “TV-G” for my 8-year old. I also set Apps Rated to 4+, though you can turn that off completely if you don’t want your child to be able to search for apps. Imagine my surprise when my daughter searched for “girls apps” and ended up with…yeah. Not stuff for little girls.

Additionally, I turned off “in-app purchases” and required a password to be entered for any app purchase attempt. But of course, you should consider your children’s age, as well as how they’ll be using the device, to help in your decision as to what to turn off and how to limit the content they can view.

iPod Touch Privacy Settings
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Within the same Restrictions page, take a few seconds to scroll through each one of the options, including Location Services (which I turned OFF), as well as contacts, reminders, and photos, then decide whether you want your child to be able to make changes to any of those categories. For example, I prefer to add contacts myself to my daughter’s iPod Touch, so I set that to “don’t allow changes.” As you scroll down, you’ll see you can also turn “multiplayer games” and “adding friends” to off which might be wise for younger kids who aren’t quite social networking yet.

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