We recently spoke to some parents about their experiences of using safety settings and how these don’t always work as intended. Here’s what they said:
Sharing an Apple ID with a child in your care
“I see myself as quite good with technology and able to turn on the safety settings for my 10-year-old. I set up my child’s iPad with my own Apple ID so that I could monitor any purchases.
“One day I noticed a £45 charge to my account and realised my daughter had been able to download apps and approve in-app purchases without me being notified.
“It turns out she was able to reset my password using the ‘I forgot’ button. I thought connecting her with my Apple ID would be enough for me to monitor her activity but she found a way around that.”
What can you do?
A safer way to set up your child’s device would be to disable in-app purchases completely or set your child up with a ‘Child Account’ in the Family Sharing settings. Find out how to do this here.
The importance of Parent vs Child accounts
“I needed help to set up my new iPhone, and my teenager was very willing to step in and create all the settings for me so I didn’t have to worry… But I made the mistake of allowing this without my supervision.
“When I recently tried to buy an album on iTunes I was told I needed approval. I spoke to a friend who agreed something was wrong. We had a look and discovered my account had been set up as a ‘child account’ on my iPhone.
“I soon realised that my tech-savvy teenager had set themself up as the parent and me as the child through family sharing settings. That meant they had access to the parental controls and could buy whatever they wanted.”
What can you do?
Sharing your Apple ID with a child during set up should be avoided. Instead, use our guide below to create a ‘Child Account’ through the Family Sharing Settings.
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