How to Set up an iPhone or iPod Touch for Kids
iPhones and iPods can be great devices for kids when used responsibly. However, setting up these gadgets for kids can be overwhelming for parents. In this article, we’ll outline the steps to set up an iPhone or iPod touch for kids.
1. Create an Apple ID
To use an iPhone or iPod touch, you need an Apple ID. If your kid does not have one, create one for them. You can create an Apple ID for children under 13 years old using a family sharing account. Follow the instructions on Apple’s website to set up a family sharing account for your kid’s Apple ID.
2. Choose “Guided Access.”
Once your kid has an Apple ID and you have signed them into their device, go to the Settings app, and choose “General.” Scroll down and select “Accessibility.” From there, choose “Guided Access” and turn it on. This feature allows you to lock the device into one app, so your kid can’t accidentally leave it.
3. Restrict apps and content
In the Settings app, select “Screen Time” and then “Content & Privacy Restrictions.” Here you can choose which apps and features your child has access to. You can also set ratings limits for music, movies, and other media. Restricting content is an essential step to set up an iPhone or iPod touch for kids.
4. Set time limits
You can set daily limits on app usage using the “Screen Time” feature. This feature also allows you to set limits during specific times when your kid should be sleeping or doing homework.
5. Activate Find My iPhone
As a parent, you want the peace of mind of knowing where your kids are at all times. Ensure that you have activated the Find My iPhone feature, so you can locate your child’s device if it gets lost or stolen.
6. Add emergency contacts
In case of an emergency, make sure you add emergency contacts to your kids’ iPhone or iPod touch. You can do this in the “Contacts” app, under “Emergency Contacts.”
Setting up an iPhone or iPod touch for kids takes time and effort, but with these steps, you can make sure your child’s device is safe and secure. Remember, open communication with your child is key to ensuring responsible use of the device.