This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
How To Video: Enable iOS parental controls
About Video Transcript

How To Video: Enable iOS parental controls

2:21 /

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

Hi, I�m Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com here with some advice that might save you a lot of money. We�ve heard many stories about kids who spent hundreds of their parents� dollars on apps, especially games. Usually it�s the in-app purchases that rack up your iTunes bill...Like the 25-dollar barrel of smurfberries in Smurfs Village...Or a 20-dollar jar of stars from Tap Zoo. Maybe a few of you purchase-happy non-parents should also take this advice. I�ve seen enough adults obsessed with Farmville. To disable in-app purchasing on your a device, go to Settings...General...then Restrictions. When you turn restrictions on, you�ll be asked to set a passcode. Pick one that no one can guess. Nowyou can configure a number of controls. To disable in-app purchases, scroll down to �Allowed Content� and switch it to off. Remember that on iOS 4.3, Apple asks for your iTunes password each time an in-app purchase is made...but THIS setting will completely disable these purchases. You can also disable the installation of apps so that YOU choose what goes on the device. There may be other things you don�t want your kids doing either, like downloading explicit music, sharing their location, or playing games with strangers. All those setting and more are available here. Disabling downloads and in-app purchases is good for passive control...but here�s an option that will help your child learn about budgeting. iTunes has a little-known feature called Store Allowance. It lets you to send a monthly iTunes credit to another user. So you can give your child $10 a month for app purchasing, and they can decide how it will be budgeted. Go to the iTunes store and click �Buy iTunes Gifts�. Scroll down to Allowances, and click �Set up an allowance now�. Before you do this, you�ll need your own iTunes account, and the account of the person who�s getting money. If they don�t have one, you can set one up in this next window. Once you fill out the form, select the monthly allowance, and you�re set. If you ever want to make changes, go to you your Account Information page. Allowance lets kids learn about budgeting without putting your credit card at risk. If they run out of money...they�ll have to wait �til next month. For CNET.com, I�m Sharon Vaknin, and I�ll see you on the interwebs.

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 072: Real-world...
23:47 October 21, 2014
On today's show, we discuss go karts that remind us a little too much of Mario Kart, an art installation that...
Play video
Carve a pumpkin using free online...
2:25 October 21, 2014
CNET's Dan Graziano uses free online templates to master his pumpkin-carving skills.
Play video
Fitbit, Microsoft are next to challenge...
2:53 October 21, 2014
Two new high-end smartwatches with a fitness focus are expected to land soon. Meanwhile, another fitness tracker...
Play video
Pioneer flagship boasts CarPlay...
2:51 October 21, 2014
Pioneer's flagship AVIC 8000NEX navigation receiver is the first to bring Apple CarPlay to the aftermarket,...
Play video
Amazon Fire HD 7 features new design,...
2:50 October 21, 2014
Now available in a variety of colors, the updated 7-inch tablet remains a solid budget buy.
Play video
Sync lights and music for Hall...
3:13 October 21, 2014
Create a fun and festive Halloween party atmosphere using Phillip Hue light bulbs and your smartphone.
Play video
Brightness meets efficiency with...
1:53 October 21, 2014
For extra light output and exceptional efficiency, this LED is a smart buy.
Play video
A DIY motion-activated light
3:36 October 21, 2014
Learn how to make your own motion-activated light for Halloween decorating.
Play video