Apple Debuts New Page to Help Parents With Screen-Time Concerns

From the CNN piece:

The new “Families” page — located at apple.com/families — is an attempt to help parents understand and use all the features that are already floating around on Apple devices. Many parents may not know that they have the power to track their children’s location, monitor and limit their purchases, and filter what content they can see on their devices.

It also covers privacy, health related settings like sleep mode, sharing between family members, and the use of Apple devices in education.

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The company also updated its support page for parental controls.

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Twitter Launches Vine Kids App

Check out the video here.

From the Vine blog post:

We’ve seen for ourselves – and heard from parents, siblings and others – that kids love Vine. So, we built Vine Kids, a simple new app that gives young children a fun way to watch Vines.

Through adorable animated characters, kids can watch videos that are appropriate for a young audience. Swiping right or left shows a new Vine, and you can tap the screen to hear quirky sounds.

Here’s the link to the App store.

Some Parents Don’t Want iPads in Schools

Following up yesterday’s post about the LA school system giving iPads to every child, I came across this NY Times piece which presents an interesting counter…some parents don’t want iPads in school.

From the article, “…the school system, without meaning to, is subverting my parenting, in particular my fitful efforts to regulate my children’s exposure to screens. These efforts arise directly from my own tortured history as a digital pioneer, and the war still raging within me between harnessing the dazzling gifts of technology versus fighting to preserve the slower, less convenient pleasures of the analog world.”

 

LA Schools to Get iPads for All Students

Los Angeles’ school system, the second largest in the United States, has ordered iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet a replacement for textbooks. The city’s education board approved the purchase of $30 million worth of iPads.

The initial order is for more than 31,000 iPads, Apple said. The Los Angeles Unified School District has more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Apple said 10 million iPads are in use in schools today. The company said that when the rollout is completed, Los Angeles will be the largest school district in the nation to provide each student with an iPad.

Even though Tablettoddlers is based in Boston, we certainly do love LA

iPad Abuse

My iPad has been dropped, stepped on, left on top of the hood of our car while driving (true story – we actually turned around after realizing it was up there after 10 minutes and FOUND IT in the middle of the road at a traffic light), had apple juice and milk spilled on it, used as a cookie crumb catcher, etc. etc. etc.

I’m sure this isn’t out of the ordinary for any parent who lets their young’ins use the ubiquitous device.  I just wish there was something out there that would do a better job protecting it from my kids.

Wait, there is?  Thank you, New York Times.