This week's sponsor

CleanMyMac X

Your Mac. As good as new.


If iPads Were Meant for Kids

Speaking of Apple and iOS parental controls, this is a must-read article by Dave DeLong that explains all the problems he ran into after giving iPads to his kids:

If iPads were meant for kids, then there would be a way to limit how long they can use an iPad. They’d get reminders when they have 15 … 10 … 5 … 1 minute left of usage time, and then the device would lock and they wouldn’t be able to get back in without the parental passcode.

If iPads were meant for kids, then there would be a way to make the iPad turn off when it’s bed time and not turn on again until morning. Because my son likes to sneak in to our room and take his iPad back from wherever we’ve stashed it, and then stay up until nearly midnight playing Angry Birds.

If iPads were meant for kids, then there would be a way to turn off/hide all their games when they’re supposed to be doing their homework. But you can’t “hide” apps without straight-up deleting them. And all of the remote management systems out there that allow this require device supervision (and not just MDM) and are a complete pain to set up and administer.

There are several other examples in DeLong's post. I hope someone at Apple reads DeLong's story and asks their team whether they're doing enough for parents.