Remember, you are responsible for every digital click on your home’s network, and so for every device that uses your home’s WIFI network, have something in place to monitor who’s connected to your WIFI and control where they’re going. Two popular options for parents are:
Circle with Disney – by far the most popular parental control device on the market ($$ to purchase).
Layer 4: Consider third-party parental controls for the iOS device(s).
Even after you’ve set up Apple’s Screen Time, you might still want something that you can use on multiple devices. Meaning, if you’re a home with a few iPads, an Android tablet, a MacBook, and a Chromebook, then you’ll want something that allows you to control all of the devices centrally, since Screen Time obviously can’t do that.
Recently, our team spent 50+ hours analyzing and testing 13 of the top iPhone/iPad parental control and monitoring solutions on the market today. We did the work so that you don’t have to!
Special Note: How to control iMessages (Texting) on an iPhone
The biggest reasons kids ask for an iPod Touch are for texting with their friends and downloading and listening to their favorite music. Anyone with an iPod can iMessage (Apple’s word for text) anyone else with an Apple device while connected to WiFi. Unlimited and free! Here is an Apple article explaining how iMessage works. If you want to monitor your kid’s iMessage activity, here are two good articles with some savvy tips:
Finally, look your kids in the eyes and talk to them often about all of the awkward things that no one talked to you about. You can do it!
April 2019 Update
Verizon has a new phone plan just for kids. It includes 5 GB of data, unlimited texts/calls to 20 contacts, and Verizon’s parental controls included. Check out this article for all of the details and to see if it is a good fit for your family.
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