Jump to content

For those with kids with iPods/iPads


  • Please log in to reply
33 replies to this topic

#1 packysmum

Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:50 PM

Do your kids hassle you to buy new games or add ons of games? How often do you let them buy stuff? I know the games are cheap but I'm trying to make my son understand that they still cost $$

#2 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:08 PM

Yes, my 6yo does. I just tell him "no, it costs money". Sometimes he accepts it, sometimes he throws a tantrum although he's figuring out that tantrum = no new apps for a LONG time whereas asking nicely for a free app when denied an expensive app = free app instead. Most of his apps are maths games, so I have no issues giving him more free ones if he asks nicely with no fuss.


#3 butterflies

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:10 PM

no I don't let them buy games, the only they can have are the free ones.

although DD#1 has just given me $6 to buy two glee episodes but they don't have the password so I have to type in the password for them to get anything even the free ones.

#4 Kafkaesque

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:15 PM

My kids have their own iTunes accounts and get $20 iTunes card put on their accounts. They are then free to spend it as they wish. They are 6 and 8 and we have been doing it this way for over a year. Both kids haven't had any credit on the accounts since February. They are really very stingy knowing its "their" money.

#5 vanessa71

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:15 PM

DD was given some iTunes cards as a present, so if there is anything she wants that costs money, such as songs from the Annoying Orange, then she realises that it is coming off her voucher and she can see what balance she has. TBH, most of the apps we have have either been free or of very little cost.


#6 newkie

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:18 PM

My kids have had them since Christmas, and at the time I let them each have one paid app and told them the rest had to be free ones. They all got at least one iTunes voucher for their birthdays (actually DD2 hasn't had hers yet), and that is the first time they've had paid apps apart from the ones I've paid for myself on my iPhone and shared (Angry Birds/Plants vs Zombies).

iPod's don't have to be the money guzzlers that DS's have the potential to be, it's up to you to set the rules.

#7 Coffeegirl

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:19 PM

My two earn their own itunes vouchers that I then load on their accounts.   They each have their own account as one would 'steal' the other's credit when they shared. Once that credit is used up they have to earn more!    


I watch for the cards to go on sale at my local Caltex (often 20% off) and stock up as they make good gifts for birthday parties too.

#8 JRA

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:50 PM

DS is on our one iTunes account, as we all often want the same music. So everything is together.

We have a book which keeps track of his spending for his "stuff" this includes tanks etc on world of tanks. He has rarely bought stuff for his iPod, as in games etc.


#9 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:22 PM

My 7 year old has only had an Ipod for a few months and she doesn't really hassle me for apps. She got an itunes card in April and hasn't use it yet. I mainly get free apps for it.

DD use the ipod mostly for music (mostly CDs we already had).

#10 ~JASB~

Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:51 PM

QUOTE (JRA @ 13/07/2012, 08:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DS is on our one iTunes account, as we all often want the same music. So everything is together.

I'm going to risk sounding like an idiot wink.gif  JRA, can you (or anyone) please tell me how this works?  I have my own iPod Touch, and I've bought DS#1 one for his birthday coming up.  He listens to a lot of the same music as me.  Using the same iTunes account, can I have songs on both iPods, that I've only paid for once?  How does that work?

Bit of a novice wink.gif


#11 Unatheowl

Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:56 PM

Dd and ds have an iPad each.  Dd is only 2 so she doesn't realize how it works  ph34r.gif

Ds went through a stage where he would constantly ask for a new game.  We made a rule that he would delete an old game in place of the new.  He couldn't bear to delete any games. original.gif

#12 -river-

Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:11 PM

Our kids only get free apps. DD has asked but she accepts that we are not purchasing any.

#13 SummerStar

Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:12 PM

Mine don't ask but they get spending money every school holidays and they often use some to buy a voucher. Which they usually spend in a day but they know if they do it's gone until the next one.

#14 FeralMinx

Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:35 PM

I keep a tab on what apps have gone free and download them so the kids always have something new to try for no outlay.

#15 sophiasmum

Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:59 AM

Yes they do. They have some credit on a gift voucher, but they know to use it wisely and ALWAYS ask. But most of the time we only get the free stuff & use the credit for songs they really want.

#16 JRA

Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:12 AM

QUOTE
I'm going to risk sounding like an idiot  JRA, can you (or anyone) please tell me how this works? I have my own iPod Touch, and I've bought DS#1 one for his birthday coming up. He listens to a lot of the same music as me. Using the same iTunes account, can I have songs on both iPods, that I've only paid for once? How does that work?


Yes you can.

Everything on our house is on the same account. They just use the same account. I am not sure if there is anything trickier than that. I will check with Dh.

Of course it does mean that when he is older and wants more perhaps it may get trickier, but it works for us now, so we are happy.

#17 JRA

Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:30 AM

On the syncing, you can just set up different rules for different devices in the one account. You can specify which music playlists/artists etc go to which device

#18 KNL909

Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:28 AM

DD is happy with the free apps.

#19 Sunny003

Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:38 AM

I thought the syncing was through iCloud?

I really don't need spiderman and cut the ripe on my phone Chase! LOL it came up automatically, I didn't have to plug into the computer or anything.
Reminds me, I need to disable that wink.gif

#20 morgansacre

Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:44 AM

Both my girls have both. The oldest gets her own money so I don't have to worry about her. The youngest, 15, will ask say once a month for a specific game but it's mostly for ebooks she asks for, as she's not a real book reader, I won't say no to this, but she only asks rarely.

Why not set up a chore that they can do to earn the money for the game or games they want. Something that you mostly do but they can take over once in a while to earn the money...like putting the dishes away, dusting, emptying the smaller garbage bins, cleaning their room, etc

This way they know if they want the game they have to work to earn it.

Lynn

Edited by morgansacre, 14 July 2012 - 09:45 AM.


#21 pippityroo

Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:53 AM

Nope. And if she asks, I usually get her to earn it wink.gif Though if it's a free game I'll get her one, but paid I'll use it as a reward.

Most of the time I just surprise her with new apps/games. She has enough that she doesn't ask anyway.

#22 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:02 AM

DS2's ipad is being set up for educational purposes only.

The only games on DH's ipod Touch and iPad (which the kids sometimes use when traveling) for the kids are just angry birds and cut the rope free versions. We are not paying for games for  the kids.

Like PP we have one iTunes account which the whole family uses. I have 4 x old 3rd Gen Nano's (had some movies and music on for the kids plus one for me - I like the old Nano), 2 x iPad, 1 x iPod Touch and 1 x iPhone 4 all on the same account. Some use the Cloud for most synching, others use the computer. Oh yeah, forgot to add the physical computer with the account too.



#23 Daisy Goat

Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:44 AM

Most apps on my boys iPads are educational. But they have games too. They "earn" these....sometimes I "earn" them and get them a new game  as a way to earn me some peace!

I have one iTunes acct on my laptop that syncs their iPads and mine and also my iPhone.

AS JRA said you can sync each one individually. The iTunes acct recognises which device you have plugged in and tells you in the sidebar e.g.:DaisyGoats iPad or DaisyGoats iPhone..... and shows you which apps you have installed on that device.

This way you only pay for the app once not for each device. It also enables you to keep control of what they have on their device.

I have the boys iPads locked from any purchases. I also have the rating set to G only so that they cannot access any You tube that is rated unsuitable for them. Their iPads are also set with restrictions to adding or deleting anything so that they can't accidentally delete apps.

Edited by Daisy Goat, 14 July 2012 - 10:45 AM.


#24 Sif

Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:07 PM

All my boys devices are on my account and I process all purchases and installations myself, so yep, I do hear, 'Can you get me...' a fair bit. I get them free apps when I have spare time. Purchased apps are bought from intunes vouchers they get for birthdays and Christmas (for my kids that's roughly 20 dollars every six months). They understand that all purchases are a) vetted by me and b) must be shared with everyone (as we're all on one account). This works well with our family philosophy.

#25 Melidia

Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:14 PM

My DS was particularly bad with this.  He had also worked out that if I put the password in and downloaded something for him and he kept browsing the app store he could download more stuff without reentering the password for that session - which has cost me money lol!

So I've taught him what the word 'FREE' looks like and have told him he can only have apps that have this word next to them.  

I also disable the wifi connection after downloading so if it's reactivated it will prompt for the password for any more downloads lol  original.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Public welcome outside church for Princess Charlotte's christening

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have invited well-wishers to see Princess Charlotte outside church in Sandringham on day of her baptism.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

Gay couple in their 80s first to wed in Dallas after Supreme Court ruling

Love may have won, but it came with quite the wait.

William Tyrrell's family marks birthday with cake and renewed appeal

The family of missing boy William Tyrrell will mark his fourth birthday on Friday making a cake to share with friends and family as NSW police renewed their public appeal for information on his disappearance.

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

On the 10th anniversary of my son's death

This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.

Mother-in-law 'from hell' inspires survival guide

The happily ever after Nicola Milan had imagined wasn't to be – and she blames her mother-in-law.

Name your baby Quinoa, win a $10K gift card

Choosing a name for your little bundle of joy is always a major decision. It can be something traditional, trendy, creative … or inspired by the menu of your favourite chain restaurant.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

The 83 children who were tragically let down in the last decade

Over a 10-year period, 83 children died from domestic violence abuse in NSW, with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in toddlers and preschoolers

Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.

Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

Sexy time

Why you should get excited about scheduling sex

Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

When newborn photoshoots get messy

When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.

Orphaned baby daughter Ayla wakes from coma

Former All Black Jerry Collins' critically injured orphaned daughter has awoken from her coma and is able to bottle-feed.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

Channel 10's Sarah Harris expecting first child

The Studio host Sarah Harris doesn't mind if her first baby is a boy or girl, but she does hope it is born with one thing in particular.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

27 funny ultrasound pictures

Ultrasounds give you a look at your growing baby ... and sometimes what appears to their womb-buddy, or your bub in an amusing position.

The top 6 misleading parenting terms

From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.

When 'good' nannies go bad

While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.

Woman hospitalised for skinny jeans injury

Beware: skinny jeans might be bad for your health.

Gauze seeding: the bacteria-breeding birth trend

A number of women having caesarean deliveries are now taking steps to give their baby a better 'microbiome' start in life.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

28 names for babies born in winter

Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.

The horrible act that sparked a brawl at child's birthday party

The uncle of the seven-year-old girl at the centre of the brawl at child's birthday party in Sydney's west has described the events leading up to the alarming show of violence.

Babies 'benefit from iPads at a young age': study

More often than not, you'll read that screen time for children should be kept to a minimum - but some scientists are now challenging this way of thinking.

Do mums really just obsessively talk about their children?

Natalie Reilly describes three main types of conversations mothers have. And, surprise, they're not all about kids.

Why some dogs might attack babies or young kids

A baby's smell, the noises it makes and even its gaze can contribute to the potential for a dog attack.

Mum demands refund for 'beargina' christening cake

It was meant to be a tasteful cake to help celebrate a three-year-old's christening.

5 things no one warns you about after giving birth

How many times have you been warned about all the sleepless nights you have to 'look forward to' when you become a parent?

Police officer sang nursery rhyme as heartbreaking photo was taken

A police officer arrived at a devastating scene on Thursday: a car crash resulting in all passengers being thrown from the vehicle.

Don't worry, working mums: Just leave Dad in charge at home

Want to open the boardroom doors for women? Encourage - heck, praise - dads who stay home with their children.

Hilaria Baldwin shares post-baby selfie

Just two days after giving birth, actor Alec Balwin's wife posted a post-baby picture on social media.

'Help - my child won't ever do what I ask!'

Compliance is part of the parent-child relationship, but so is resistance. It's all natural.

Postnatal depression support gets $23 million boost in NSW

The Baird government will include $22.8 million in Tuesday's NSW budget to expand a program designed to help parents at risk of postnatal depression (PND).

'I'm just as tired, scared and stressed as you': stay-at-home dad's plea

I'm really lucky to have two great kids, but I found it really tough with so much being aimed at the mothers and not the fathers.

 

FREE TICKET

Get your FREE ticket to the Baby & Toddler Show

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.