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iTunes accounts via Family Sharing

iTunes accounts via Family Sharing

Family Sharing

When you are a user of the Apple ecosystem (Macs, iPhones, iPads), you may occasionally find trouble with the management of multiple iTunes accounts in the home. Some may even have the struggles over children wanting you to pay for purchases or iTunes cards.


Enter ‘Family Sharing’; this is part of Apple’s new iOS 8 package and allows you to become the hub for your family’s iTunes accounts – you can even share each other’s purchases. It also gives you the power to manage an iTunes account legally for your under 13 year old until they become of age to have their own account.


If you’re interested in setting up family sharing, click here for a more detailed overview and instructions.


As a personal example, I set up my 11-year-old son via family sharing and created his account under my name. Each time he wants to download an app that requires permission, I get a notification and can either approve or deny it. If it’s a free app, that’s easy; if it’s paid, I can check out what the app is and if I think it is worthwhile, I can purchase it through my iTunes account and he will be notified that he can download the app. One other advantage is that children linked to your Family Sharing can also benefit from apps that you have previously purchased.

Social Media Tools and Young Children

It is always good to remind our community about the use of social media and how it relates to young people.  There are some great resources out there for parents to educate themselves about these issues.  Previous articles written on here address many of these issues and suggest various ways to manage technology in the home environment.

Some additional pointers for parents with young children.

  1. Keep all technology stored out of reach of young children.  It doesn’t take long for a four year old to work out your phone pin and have access to the web.
  2. Place all technology in the home in a central place each night – keep technology out of the bedroom.  For example, we store all technology in the study each night where it is charged and out of reach.
  3. Social media sites have a clear age restriction.  Users under 13 MUST NOT have an account.  This is a legal requirement clearly outlined in their service user agreements.  Additionally, in the case of Skype the service agreement states that a user can not accept the terms of service if they are not of legal age to form a binding agreement.
  4. Just because your child is 13 or older does not mean they should have access to social media.  Your house, your rules!!
  5. Set clear rules for the use of technology in your home and discuss your family expectations about the use of all online tools.

I would like to suggest a great product I recently purchased for our home network (I promise no paid for comments on this one!!).  I recently replaced our home wifi router (the box that shares the internet connection in the house) with the Netgear Nighthawk.  This router has some wonderful control features built in.  It is simple to set clear policies on your network for ANY device that connects to it.  For example, we have no internet access to iPads during bed time.  The system also has an iPhone app that allows me to remotely check the usage of each device on my network as well as ban or restrict access.

With the management of mobile devices, I would suggest looking at the parental control settings on any Apple iOS device.  This feature allows you to stop the downloading of apps such as skype or apps rated for a mature audience.  In the most recent update of iOS, Apple have included family sharing for the app store.  This allows you to setup your children on your account and have a setting in place that they must request your permission before downloading any apps.  Here is an article explaining this feature –

Here are a series of iPad management tutorials we filmed a while back that may still be helpful

Parent Workshops – Raising kids in a digital age

Great start to the week this week at King’s, with our great friend Brad Huddleston.  Yesterday Brad ran cyber awareness sessions with our Year 5 and Year 9 students.  He also hosted a great parent workshop in the Barista yesterday afternoon.  The feedback from parents has been wonderful and very encouraging.

For those who want to hear Brad, you have one last chance tonight at 6:30pm in the auditorium.  This is a parent session hosted by the King’s P&F with child minding available (gold coin donation). If you would like to come along and have not registered your interest, please do so at

Brad has been a great friend to King’s Christian College for a number of years now.  We host him here at the College each year, with him running parent workshops, student seminars and chapel services.  Over the years we have developed a series of resources for parents with the help of Brad.  Those of you with teenagers and mobile devices may want to have a look at our series on “Managing Mobile Devices.

Two years ago we also spent some time interviewing Brad in some detail on the topic of Raising young people in a digital age.  These interviews are worth watching for any parent.

Live Webcast with Brad Huddleston: Raising teens in a digital age – Tips for parents

Live Webcast with Brad Huddleston: Raising teens in a digital age – Tips for parents

Our third live webcast will start at 10:30am today! We will be with Brad Huddleston from the US. Brad is an author and speaker, renowned for his incredible work with young people, parents and grandparents. He has some wonderful ideas and tips for parents in this ever changing technology driven society.

You can join the webcast live at … You will need a google account to login. Or you can watch the stream live here…

During the broadcast you can submit questions on the Google Plus page or email me

A recording of the session will be live on our website later today.