There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to putting the entire world at your child’s fingertips. What kind of parental controls are available? How can you insure the safety and durability of the device? It’s great that your kids have developed the responsibility required for you to trust them with their own phone, but you might want to ease into the situation.
The first choice you’ll have to make is whether to buy an iPhone or an Android device. As far as families are concerned, Apple products are a relatively clear choice. Here are a few reasons why.
Set up a family plan with your Apple ID and all the members of your family. You can set permissions for game purchases, share App Store credit and even locate the devices of your family members. Your local Apple Premier Partner has experts on hand who can explain the process and walk you through setting everything up.
Both Android and iPhone devices have access to many popular media sources, but the immensely popular iTunes service works best on Apple phones. Subscribe to Apple Music for your kids, or authorize song purchases through the iTunes store so they can expand their collection.
Many of your child’s friends are likely to have Apple iPhones. Make sure they can interact smoothly by using the same apps, emojis and games as the other kids. Believe it or not, your child’s desire for the same iPhone everyone else has is probably based on technical compatibility issues. Your child can still stand out from the crowd by customizing with items from an iPhone accessories store.
In short, you’ll probably want to go with an Apple phone unless your child has a strong preference for the Android operating system. The iPhone is easier to integrate into family plans, has better access to entertainment and is more compatible with other iPhones.