I’ve written before about using technology with intent. It is a commitment of a little time up front that pays plentifully in time and attention over years.
It’s time to tap the glass again. Especially for families.
Apple shared a new site called, “Apple for Kids.” It contains a number of simple processes that will help everyone in the family form good habits with technology. If your house is full of iPhones and iPads, take some time and apply these settings.
A few observations:
- It’s time to stop sharing an Apple ID for everyone in the family. (And I’m very aware of what it’s like to work through Apple ID changes.) Setting everyone up with their own Apple ID will bring a number of benefits now and as they grow older.
- Family Sharing allows a parent/parents to share purchases, services, maintain iOS devices from afar, and so much more. Recently they’ve given the ability for in-app purchases to be shared across a family even. The benefits keep coming.
- Screen Time is free, built into iOS and very helpful. Take some time to figure it out. In our family, the phones become useful tools during the school hours and in the evenings/nights. In the afternoon, the games and video apps unlock for a bit to help our kids relax and have fun with friends.
- I highly recommend that all of these settings be setup in plain sight of everyone in the family. Sit down, talk about why these safe perimeters are being put in place, decide to respect them as a family and talk through any future changes. One conversation can set the stage for success.
- Apple Cash Family is an easy way to pay allowance and save money.
- Family Sharing will let you help your kids maintain their contacts, reset passcodes if needed, and find lost devices.
- Content and Privacy settings are built into screen time. Please don’t allow children to be bombarded.
How important is action?