One of the topics I get a lot of questions about from parents I know is managing the accounts tied with iTunes and other “app” and “music” services. Every service makes it easy to get started with a single e-mail account for a single person. But what happens when you’ve given your child a device (or two) and they require some sort of ID?
This can be confusing!
To make it complicated, the rules and methods by which all these accounts work is constantly changing. To start, we think parents should know the following:
- Where do go to get information on managing accounts between devices and more than one person,
- How to access and turn-on parental controls,
- Know what an account is tied to (other services, or your credit card!),
- How to turn on GPS tracking on mobile devices,
- How to enable “Find my Friends” or “Google Latitude.“
For Apple iOS devices, there’s an Apple ID (an e-mail address and password) that can manage everything. You use it to sign-in to iTunes on the computer to make purchases, and it’s your iCloud account for syncing documents. Apple will also allow you to disconnect the two with a second e-mail address which become an iTunes Account and an iCloud Account. You can also read on how to manage more than one iTunes account on a single computer.
Some parents elect to give children their own iTunes account that is not tied to a credit card. One option is the iTunes Allowance and the other is to use gift cards to populate the account with credit.
For Google Android devices and the Google Play service, you can read about using your Google Account here.
Another popular service is Amazon’s Kindle Accounts, for use with Kindle devices and Kindle apps.
In addition to the links above, your mobile carrier may also have features in place you may wish to take advantage of. At the time of this writing, you can view information about AT&T Smart Controls, Verizon Safeguards, and Sprint Parental Controls.