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Messaging apps have given all of us an amazing ability to send messages, pictures and video back and forth without spending money on SMS’s. They can communicate from their mobile devices without a phone plan using just Wi Fi Internet. An appropriate messaging app for kids, has to – IMPORTANT: No Messaging App Is Absolutely Safe For Children!
If you don’t want to set up Apples Family Sharing account, any email address your child uses can be set up with Messages, as long as you enter it in their Message app, and in yours.So this message app might be limited if your child’s friend’s only have Windows or Android devices.But i Message (or Messages as it is now called), has very simple privacy settings (see below), parents can supervise their child’s messages in real time by setting up a feed from their child’s messenger account on to the adults messenger account. If your family is sharing an Apple mobile device, you might have some difficulty making the device suitable for all age groups.Be sure you set the privacy settings to retain history of conversations on your child’s device so you can view it when necessary.You could have one specific device of yours only set up with your child’s Skype address to supervise it.You can log out of your child’s and log back into your own any time.
If you are allowing your child to use your account be aware they may see messages directed to you, so it is very important that for younger children they have direct supervision.
All messaging apps used by children need adult supervision.
No messaging app is absolutely safe, because kids can tease and bully through messaging apps, and can send inappropriate media and links via messaging apps.
It is best to set up your child’s device with their own Apple I. Apple’s family Sharing set up now allows for younger children to have their own I. On an Apple Family Sharing account you can set up the child’s device using their own Apple I. To make the device secure you would need to set all parental controls to be appropriate for the age of the youngest child.
It is a difficult task to reset them with appropriate limits for older siblings or parents for shared use. C with multiple logins set at different levels for different age groups.
If you don’t set the privacy settings on your child’s messaging app, they are very likely to be contacted by an adult within minutes of signing up to the app.