Privacy Statement: Suggestions for Parents
While we believe talkingfingers.com provides a safe on-line environment for kids to learn about and explore the world, there are many Internet sites that don't provide such safety. We encourage you to monitor your children's use of the Internet and to become familiar with the Web sites your children visit. To help protect your children's privacy on the Internet, we suggest taking the following precautions:
- Remind your children never to give out personal information such as names, addresses, e-mail addresses, school names, or phone numbers without your permission.
- Get to know your children's on-line friends. If you would be uncomfortable with your children meeting a friend in person, then you should be wary of them maintaining a friendship on-line. Reduce the risks of your children stumbling onto inappropriate material.
- Check into programs that allow parents to block access to on-line services and features that are adult in nature.
- Make sure your children know they should come to you if they encounter anyone or anything on the Internet that makes them feel uncomfortable or afraid.
For more information about on-line safety for your children, check out A Parents Guide to Internet Safety, published on the web site of the FBI.
Controlling Content on Your iPad
Under Restrictions, you'll find various options beneath Allowed Content. These allow you to control the content that is shown/allowed for download on iTunes TV Shows, Music and Movies. If you think your kid would be taking a look at content on iTunes (like Music, TV Shows etc.), make sure you've set the ratings appropriately.
App Store - Remembering the Password For A Purchase
A feature-addition to iOS 6 was that you no longer have to enter your Apple ID password for every purchase you make from the App Store. This is a feature that some might think enhances usability, but for parents with kids around, there's a risk.
If you just downloaded an app (in the process, entered your Apple ID password), you can buy/download apps or content from App Store without entering the password again for the next 15 minutes. What if your kid opens the App Store right after you downloaded and app and made some purchases?
To prevent this from happening, you can go back to the older feature (in iOS 5) where every time your purchase something on the App Store, you are asked to enter your Apple ID password. Here's how:
- In the restrictions menu, tap on "Require Password"
- Select "Immediately"
Disable Installing and Deleting Apps from iPhone and iPad:
With kids, there's no saying what will happen. One of yours might just accidentally delete an app! There's nothing shocking about it today because Apple's iCloud storage makes sure you can get back your apps at all times. But just in case you ran out of luck and you didn't enable iCloud sync and your kid got so far as to delete an app?
You can disable that too.
- Go to Restrictions
- Scroll down to where it says "Installing Apps" and "Delete Apps"
- Switch it OFF
In order to help schools integrate the Talking Fingers family of products into their curriculum, we have correlated both our software programs with the Language Arts standards of each of the 50 states.