How to use iOS parental controls

From explicit music to accidental in-app purchases, there's plenty to worry about when your kid takes control of the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Keep your children and your pocketbook safer with these simple instructions.

A $1,400 iTunes bill racked up by an 8-year-old buying Smurfberries in Smurfs' Village might be enough for parents to forbid their kids from using mobile technology. Since this case--and several others like it--resulted in people receiving ridiculous bills, the Federal Trade Commission announced it will be reviewing Apple's in-app purchasing policies.

With the newly released iOS 4.3 , Apple swiftly updated its policy, prompting users to enter a password each time something like a level-up, Tap Tap Revenge song, or $20 barrel of stars in Tap Zoo is purchased. Previously, Apple gave users a 15-minute window for in-app purchases after a password was entered.

Although this is the only forced form of parental control (or self-control if you're so guilty), iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches do have other settings, known as Restrictions. Here's how to fine-tune these settings:

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Sharon Profis is a CNET How To expert who cooks up DIY projects, in-depth guides, and little-known tricks that help you get the most out of your tech. During her four years at CNET, she's covered social media, funky gadgets, and has shared her tech knowledge on CBS and other news outlets.


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