iPod touch for 13 year old

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iPod touch for 13 year old
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Tue, 11-15-2011 - 1:53pm

Can anyone tell me if this is appropriate for an almost 14 year old?

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Registered: 01-05-2005
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 3:14pm

That's a tough one. I'm sure that there are controls, but honestly, on my ipod touch, I could look at porn all day if I wanted to. I happen to love it for checking my email via our wireless network when I'm not close to the computer, but it can be a gateway. OTOH, my boys (with supervision; they're a bit younger) use it to play educational games like "Stack the States," watch

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Registered: 08-21-2000
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 4:12pm

From what I've read, there are some controls, but many kids know how to override them.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 4:46pm

I had posted this least week in another thread for another poster looking into the parental controls specifically for the internet, read through the comments at the end too, they always have extra comments and stuff that is also helpful:

http://knol.google.com/k/how-to-setup-parental-con​trols-on-iphone-ipod-touch-os-3-0-edition#

Even if you don't have wifi, the ipod touch can be a great tool for kids, whether its playing games, listening to music, or even reading books, etc.

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Registered: 01-06-2007
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 11:00pm
My daughter is almost 13 and has one. I check her texts and browser history periodically to make sure she's not doing anything inappropriate with it, and she never is. Mostly she plays games and listens to music, or takes photos of her friends and random things--it's kind of nice because she shows me her pictures all the time, and it's like a little glimpse into her life at school.
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Registered: 08-21-2000
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 6:47am

Can they text on it without wi-fi?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 9:00am
No, you can't text without being in a wifi area, whether its a home one or a hotspot somewhere such as a McDonald's or something else that has one for the patron's usage. I'm not sure how easy it is to delete the browser history on those, but I you could easily set down the rule, like text messages on a phone, that they aren't allowed to erase the history are it can be taken away.
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Registered: 05-13-1998
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:54am

Both my 11 and 14-year-old have ipod touches and have loved them for more than a year now. They only get internet access at home through our wifi or if they are in a cafe with free wifi (which is sort of never.) It's mostly a play thing though both check their email on it as it's easier/faster than booting up the computers. Since they only have internet at home, it doesn't really make sense to use it as a mini-laptop and they don't.

Yes, they can dig up unsavory stuff if they are looking for it on their ipod-touch. I guess you just have to determine what your trust and tolerance level is. Kids who are looking to get in trouble can get in trouble anywhere and with anything. You can turn off the wi-fi but it's super easy to turn back on. Plus, many of the games require connection to wifi.

If you are truly concerned about what your child will do with private wi-fi access, you should probably avoid this gadget.

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:59am
To add, you could not give them the password for your home wi-fi connection if you don't want their devices to have access. All music and apps would need to be downloaded on the main home computer and transferred over to the ipod but it's do-able. Like I said, some apps won't function without wi-fi but many others would.
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Registered: 12-22-2007
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 3:22pm

Assuming you have security settings on your home wifi, you have to manually enter passwords on the ipod touch to set it up.

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Registered: 11-19-2010
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 11:01pm

There is a parental controls on it and you can set what they see and what they can even download off of itunes to a certain raiting.

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