Apple Adds New 'Families' Section to its Website With Tips for Parents

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In the wake of urging from investors to do more about smartphone addiction among children, Apple has added a new "Families" section to its website that outlines parental control tools and information that parents should be aware of.

    The mini site is broken into several sections that highlight a range of kid-friendly features that Apple has put into place like app recommendations, in-app purchase controls, restrictions on apps that can be downloaded, internet limiting tools, Find My Friends, and more.


    Apple highlights the Kids section of the App Store, for example, which the company says parents can use to find carefully curated content that's appropriate for children. The site provides links to tutorials for enabling Ask to Buy so parents can approve app downloads, and it lets parents know how to turn on restrictions to limit in-app purchases and which websites are available to children.


    Another section of the site points out tools like Find My Friends for keeping track of a child's location, and recommends setting up group chat for the whole family in Messages.


    Apple also provides details on Family Sharing, which is designed to let members of the same family share apps, music, books, iCloud storage, and more, and there's a section on tips for the whole family, with feature recommendations like Do Not Disturb While Driving, Bedtime, Medical ID, Night Shift, and Emergency SOS.

    Apple also recommends products like the Apple Watch with LTE connectivity to "reach kids in an emergency" and to help the whole family stay fit, and there's a dedicated section on privacy controls. Parents who have children that use iOS devices will likely want to give the new site a look.

    Apple has promised to introduce more robust parental control tools, and rumors have suggested the company will introduce the features in iOS 12. Apple is said to be planning to debut a Digital Health tool that will let parents know how much time their children have spent using iOS devices.

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  2. now i see it macrumors 68000

    Jan 2, 2002
    Learn all about iPhone addiction at Apple Camp
  3. tglittrell macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2018
  4. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    Apple has got to do a lot more when it comes to parental controls. Amazon has got the right idea. While you can accomplish a lot of similar things with apples controls, Amazon makes it much easier and more intuitive to set up properly. Apple should have a “kids mode“ that locks down the device and gives it a simpler, more basic interface. The parent should be able to remote in at any time to observe what the child is doing on the device.

    They’ve made incremental progress over the years, but I really hope they revamp the entire system in iOS 12.
  5. simoncook1969 macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2014
    One very useful feature would be the ability of lock the iPad to one screen (i.e. They can't scroll left or right, up or down, etc). That way all of the kids apps can go on that page and they can't access anything else.
  6. jack daniels macrumors newbie

    jack daniels

    Feb 23, 2016
    You can already do this by installing the apps you want, and then disabling installing apps via restrictions (which removes the App Store app).
  7. Takeo macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2004
    Know where your kids are 24/7 is creepy AF. I grew up in the late 70’s / early 80’s. Virtually the only times my parents ever knew where I was from grade 1 onwards was bedtime and meal times. Otherwise we were off playing and exploring with our friends who knows where.
  8. Appleaker macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2016
    This is a genuine issue and Apple is a public company so there's nothing wrong here, I just find the level of pandering from Apple towards investors quite sickening in comparison to how they listen and respond to customer feedback nowadays. Then again, the investors own $2 billion in stock, and there is no reason not to improve parental controls so it is entirely understandable.
  9. s15119 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2010
    Maybe parents should accept some responsibility for raising their kids and not give them powerful internet devices if they are not responsible enough to handle them.
  10. pratikindia macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2014
    The first thing parents can do that they should not give smartphones/phones to kids.
  11. simoncook1969 macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2014
    That isn't the same thing as they can still go to other pages and access apps already installed. As an example, Maybe I have YouTube installed on page 1. All the kids apps on page 2. If I don't want him to access YouTube, he can still go to page 1. If you could lock down a certain page it would secure other installed apps on the iPad.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 14, 2018 ---
    Harsh. Our son uses the iPad to learn counting and early letter recognition. The iPad is a fabulous tool for that but most parents would rather there wasn't complete access to everything and are at least given the choice. It may not even be X rated, something as simple as not wanting them to access your contacts and delete them. Granted, supervised usage is good, but it is nice to give them some freedom as well.
  12. bluespark macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    A kids mode is a great idea. I would love to be able to set a special profile that the device enters automatically when the kids Touch ID or Face ID, and which disables e-mail, selected notifications, selected apps, non-child-friendly websites, etc. Apple could also make it fun, such as allowing the kids' screen to display post-it notes from parents, fun backgrounds, etc.
  13. Nikodelrey macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2018
    I would like to be able to have the iPad automatically close after an allotted amount of time. Tired of the ongoing fight. Don't want to be the parent that will not let their kids play on their electronics, but it should be easier to restrict the amount of time the device is on.
  14. Will.O.Bie macrumors regular


    Aug 29, 2016
    Different times, different environment. You can make that argument when there are no internet predators using social media coaxing kids into meeting adults and promising them undivided attention that most of them are lacking. I grew up in that same era and I would not be doing my job as a parent if I didn't know where my kids are at all times. I understand that you have to somehow trust them, but they're kids and you can't possibly be there with them 24/7. Their judgment of people still contain some innocence no matter how much you preach caution. I'm not one to preach how to raise other people's kids but we live in different times now, you have to adapt your parenting style according to the current environment.
  15. Wonder Warthog macrumors member

    Wonder Warthog

    May 16, 2017
    Tokyo, Japan
    This kinda p*sses me off. There are still no parental controls that come remotely close to what we have on macOS. Where can I limit the hours per day of phone usage, or the times when the kids can use the phone?

    I think with phones that would be much more important than with their Macs. The phone fits in your pocket you can carry it everywhere so being able to limit usage on a more fine grained level would be essential. When my son uses his Mac I usually see it. It's big enough to notice.
  16. macduke macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    If Apple wants to be kid friendly they need to improve Apple Music’s handling of explicit content. I don’t listen to anything very crude, but it’s surprising what the explicit filter doesn’t cut out, and when you fumble your way through several layers deep in the settings menu to turn off explicit content, it ends up just removing tons of content instead of playing radio edits. So basically we can’t use Apple Music in the car with the kids (which means most of the time in the car), or in the living room (which is a big reason to never buy a HomePod). Fix that, Apple!
  17. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    The OSX parental controls look good, but don't actually work at all. They either slow everything to a crawl, or don't let you whitelist sites, or "forget" to time when certain apps are working (for example, if the cursor is over a flash video it doesn't use up time!). Hopeless.

    Disney Circle is fabulous for internet control, but I agree that something of that quality needs to exist on iOS for offline use.

    And yes, we've been waiting for "kids mode" ever since the iPad 1. You either need a device each, or you have to make absolutely sure your emails and texts aren't going to any ipad that the kids might be using. Guided Access is a start, but it should be automatic based on specific codes or fingerprints, and simply remove other apps.
  18. robbyx macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2005
    Parents who give their kids these devices aren’t doing the kids any favors. No kid needs to use an iPad or an iPhone. They need to learn to read and write and think critically, not always reach for some device to entertain, er, “educate” them when they’re bored. They need to be bored. They need to learn what to do with their boredom. They need to create and imagine. None of that happens on these devices. Instead kids learn to consume, consume, consume and push buttons in such a manner that would make Pavlov proud.

    I was a kid back in the 80s and we got our first computer when I was 10 years old. I learned about the machine. I wrote programs. Kids don’t do that today. They have no idea how any of it works. They don’t even care. They just want to buy apps and play games, I mean “educational” software.

    I feel sorry for kids whose parents give them these devices. I don’t have kids but I have plenty of friends with kids. Most of my friends refuse to give their kids iPads. The ones who do often struggle with behavior and addiction (although the parents refuse to see it that way) issues around the iPad. A good friend gave his kids an iPad and took it away after several weeks because of how massively it changed his kids’ behavior. More fighting. Obsessing over the device. Tantrums when they couldn’t use it. Etc. Now the iPad is gone and the kids are back to normal.
  19. bollman macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2001
    Lund, Sweden
    I recognize that. My kid do have an iPad, and sure, it has been used for "education", and it is the reason for him being strangely good at maths at 4 years old.
    Aside from that, it's mostly simple games. Robbyx is painfully correct in both what parents think of using an iPad, and what kids actually do.
    I have no problem being strict. If we say no, it's no iPad, if there's a tantrum, well there you go longer time without iPad.

    The educational use for an iPad is a lot smaller than most people think. It's for entertainment! Unfortunately, a lot of educators think that an iPad will enhance their school/teaching but I have yet to see any proof of that. Rather, I have proof that it's quite the opposite, and that comes from the school inspectorate.
  20. sdz macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2014
    Dont allow your kid to have a smartphone. Give them a linux computer. Thats all.
  21. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Problem is that the world is a very different place to how it was back in the 70s/80s. Where I grew up we'd leave our doors unlocked and our friends would just let themselves in. Wouldn't dream of doing that these days.

    My folks clearly had similar rules to yours, I told them where I was going and they were cool with it, as long as I appeared back home at the agreed time. Turns out the all the parents in my area had made similar agreements with their kids, but also with one other. The would inform on us whenever and wherever we were spotted, a sort of parental spy network. Our freedom was somewhat of an illusion! ;)

    Back on topic...I'm all for tracking my kids, when they are finally allowed to have mobile devices. Currently they are 3 and 4 years old and they only time when they come in to contact with an iPad is when we travel long journeys in the car (from the Netherlands to France for instance) and they are allowed to watch movies on it. Still undecided when they'll be allowed to have their own personal mobile device, but I've got years yet to work that out.
  22. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Its Not about smart phones, it’s about having a basic cell phone that puts family members in contact with other family members. You don’t need to have an iPhone with internet capabilities to do that.
  23. ryanasimov macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2007
    Biggest omission to me is the inability to whitelist contacts for Messages; it would be far easier and efficient for me to set an "approved list" in my child's contacts. I want my child to be able to send and receive from a select few but there's no way to do this (that I can find) natively in Messages.
  24. akadafni macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    They already have this. It's called guided access
  25. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Parenting 101.

    As much as I agree with your statement, it would require parent(s) to accept some level of responsibility and quite possibly upsetting their child(ren).

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