Basics of Ipod Safety

I am a mom of teens and yes, two of my teens have ipods.  For most teens this gadget will become their "lifeblood". It is ...

I am a mom of teens and yes, two of my teens have ipods. 


For most teens this gadget will become their "lifeblood". It is their social connection. That is why creating house rules and restrictions are important to ipod safety.  I know......you and I used a telephone, passed notes and actually had a conversation in person when we were their age. The reality is that today "social" connection is different and as a parent I decided to become savvy about technology much to my daughters dismay. Yes, they think I am EVIL but that is okay....in fact they are telling me this as I am writing this post. :) I just remind myself that mamas matter. 
I am the mama and what I think and do 
matters more than their momentary discomfort.
Positive self talk is important as a parent. :)
Our house rules were that they had to earn the money to purchase them. My husband and I were not too thrilled with buying them outright for them, we wanted them to have a little "skin in the game". To have an investment in their gadget meant they would take care for it. When we said "yes" it was scary I want to tell you I was scared. I knew that they would have the power of a mini computer in their hands. Access of the entire internet, and social media world at their fingertips. A world of information that would benefit them and also could harm them. So I did myself some research and I am going to share what I learned with you!

1. Create house rules for ipod use.
If you can, do this BEFORE they get their ipod. 
You can do it after they get their beloved gadget but it is harder. 
You know your kids, create rules that are reasonable. 
It could be something as simple as when they go to bed at night they give them to you. Or, no ipods at the dinner table. 
Think of your family and what situations could be challenges for you.

2. IF they break house rules......
Do NOT I repeat do not be afraid to enforce it. Create a rule that they lose the "freedom" of having it for a day or more depending on the severity of the offense. Do this "up front". I call this "front loading" consequences. What this means is that your youth knows BEFORE they break the rule what the consequence will be.

3. Put restrictions on it.
Make an agreement with them that there will be restrictions on it.  If they can't agree to the idea that there is going to be restrictions, maybe they are not ready for it. As a parent you can create a pass code and put restrictions on it. Your youth will not be able to download apps, music, videos or books that are beyond the rating that you have set it on. 




Here are the basics of how to set restrictions:

Go to Settings


the first screen looks like this

 Choose "General" the next screen looks like this



Click on "restrictions" this is where you can set a code so that 
you are the only one that can change the restrictions that you set



The next screen is where you can enable restrictions for apps as well as the camera, face time, ibooks, itunes etc.
If you slide it to the left you can turn on the restrictions for any items that you would like control over.
As you scroll down on this screen you will also see that you can
restrict for: music, books, TV shows, websites and apps. 
You can click on each topic and choose the restrictions you want.
The awesome thing about this is as the parent 
YOU HAVE CONTROL! MUWAHAHA!
You can put ratings on the content that your youth downloads,
 and what they view. 
It is BEAUTIFUL!
I am a firm believer that as parents we need 
every advantage we can get!

I hope this tutorial has helped you and if you have any questions please feel free to comment or send me questions via the comment form on the home page of my blog.

All you mamas you matter!
Here is to Parent Empowerment!




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