5 Ways to Make The iPod Touch Suitable for Kids TechExpert April 8, 2013 Tips & Tricks 6 Comments Have you noticed how every kid either owns an iPod Touch or is clamoring for one as a gift for their birthday or Christmas? If you’re considering buying one for your children, here are five things you can do to make the iPod Touch more kiddie-appropriate. 1. Set Up a Monthly iTunes Allowance Did you know that you can limit your child’s purchases with the iTunes monthly allowance feature? Let’s face it: kids can never have enough of games, apps, music and books. Armed with an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, there’s no knowing how much damage they can do to your credit cards at the iTunes store. iTunes Allowances is a clever solution that lets you set up a monthly budget within the store for your kids to use. Here’s how to set it up: Launch iTunes and go to the iTunes Store. In the right column, click on “Send iTunes Gift.” Select “Learn More About Gifting.” Scroll down to the Allowances section and click on “Set up an Allowance.” Then fill out the basic information. You might need to create a separate Apple ID for your kids if they don’t have one already. What’s great about this is that your kids don’t share your Apple ID and therefore don’t know your password to log in and bill purchases to your credit card on file. It’s also a great way to teach them financial responsibility. 2. Get a Child-Proof Case iPod cases are a must to protect from the accident-prone kid. I love the adorable Griffin Technology KaZoo Case for 5th Generation iPod touch, which not only scores high on the cuteness index but also provides great protection from drops, falls and spills. 3. Set a Maximum Volume Limit It’s probably not healthy for your kids to listen to Justin Bieber on full blast. To protect their hearing you can set the volume limit to an acceptable level. To set a volume limit on the iPod Touch go to Settings > Music > Volume Limit. You can also set up a password for the volume restriction so your children can’t tinker with it. 4. Download a Child-Safe Browser If your kids surf the Internet using Safari on the iPod Touch, they might stumble upon objectionable content. It’s probably a good idea to disable the browser by going to Settings > General > Restrictions. As an alternative, download a child-safe browser such as Mobicip, which filters the Internet based on the level you choose (elementary, middle or high school). You can also view your child’s browsing history and set up a blacklist of website you don’t want them to visit. 5. Prevent In-App Purchases If your credit card is linked to iTunes, it’s easy for kids to make in-app purchases and rack up the charges. Who can really blame them for wanting to buy Smurfberries for their Smurfs’ Village game? However, you can take turn off the in-app buying ability. To find out how to do this check out our previous post, “How to Prevent Your Child From Making In-App Purchases.” Related content: Tips for Working Out With Your iPod iOS 7 Parental Restriction Settings In iOS 8, Parents Can Control What Apps Their Kids Purchase iPad Mini Q&A iPod nano 6 Responses mary July 13, 2013 thank you my child Malcolm was bugging me to get him an iPod and i said no because i was totally sure he would break it but with your ace tips i can get him one for Christmas!You go gal! Reply Jean September 3, 2013 Does the in-app purchases setting prevent them from downloading fake apps? I read on http://vpnexpress.net about malware loaded fake apps so that’s my main worry. Reply Gautham Lurk September 12, 2013 Preventing in-app purchases is a mandatory step if you wish to provide allowances to your kids. One of my relatives kids got a credit card statement of thousand backs with all the in-app purchase from itunes. Reply Tammy Slote January 6, 2014 I bought my daughter an i-pod 5th generation. We need some apps on it but i don’t have a credit card nor do i want to have one. How do i accept this without one Reply TheiPhoneMom January 13, 2014 Tammy, you can buy itunes gift cards at many stores that can be used to purchase apps. Reply Click Here March 15, 2014 Wow this is just an awesome post i must say!! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.