Last week I wrote a post about iStore offering iPad Parent Workshops for free at their stores countrywide, which I got to experience myself at a special event for some Rattle and Mum readers.
I’d like to think that I’m quite sussed with iPads and apps, especially when it comes to my son’s usage and his content, but an old dog is never old to learn new tricks, and there was some cool stuff that I picked up from our training facilitator.
Here are the top 10 things I didn’t know, or didn’t know well:
– You can buy South African iTunes vouchers from iStore if you don’t want to load your credit card details onto the account. This helps with keeping to budget, and ensuring you – and your kids – don’t buy every version of Angry Birds without considering the costs.
– You can also set up an iTunes allowance, so that if you can regulate how much you spend on apps or music each month, or how much your kids purchase.
– There’s a highly recommended app called Dipdap, which prompts your child to draw things. It’s suitable for kids under five.
– For every Apple account, you will get 5G of free Cloud storage so that you can store photos and documents among devices. You can purchase more if necessary.
– All apps are regulated by iTunes, which means no dodgy or pornographic apps can go through the store. Other operating systems don’t always have this type of stringent control, which means your kids could access explicit apps.
– Just because an app is free, doesn’t mean it’s a bad app. And just because an app is paid for, doesn’t mean it’s good.
– An app called Find My Friends lets you keep track of your family or friends. All they need to do is share their locations with you, which will appear on a map.
– An app called Find my iPhone can help you if one of your Apple devices (eg phone, iPad, Macbook) goes missing, iCloud can help you work out where it is. Just sign in at iCloud.com or use the Find My iPhone app to see your missing iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac on a map. And with the Lost Mode feature, you don’t just see where your device is, you can track where it’s been.
That way you can decide on your best course of action. You can also lock your device and send it a message with a contact number. Then whoever finds it can call you from the Lock screen without accessing the rest of the information on your device. If your device goes missing, put it in Lost Mode immediately and enter a four-digit passcode to prevent anyone else from accessing your personal information.
– If you’d like to set age restrictions on apps for your kids, go to “Settings, General, Restrictions” and choose your setting.
– On “Restrictions”, you can also manage things like explicit language, web search content and in-app purchases. This way, you have a good deal of control over what your child accesses and downloads.
iStore is offering free workshops at iStores around the country for parents. You can ask questions, plus learn how to set up your child’s iPad, manage parental controls and help to support your child’s iPad education.
Workshops run every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 11am, and you can book online here.