Greater parental control and protection for children are coming
iTunes accounts have been a convoluted thing for families when it comes to keeping purchases separate and making sure that children aren’t making purchases that their parents haven’t approved.
Apple Balla reports that they are going to solve this problem through a Family Plan system that they announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference. In essence, parents will be in charge of approving any purchases before they are made, effectively taking the blame off of Apple, something they have been trying to do for a while now. They have been sued in the past for incredibly large purchases that their children were allowed to make without knowing about it.
For children who happen to be under the age of 13, their accounts will be separate from their parents, but they won’t have complete control. Any purchases that they make will have to be approved by the holder of the account before it will go through.
This will also keep purchases separate, since they will technically be different accounts as far as iTunes is concerned, although there will have to be a single payment method for all of them. Up to six can be included in the Family Plan as long as they are using that payment account.
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In all, this means that parents won’t have to worry about KeSha songs filling their iTunes playlist, or Game of Thrones filling their children’s. In terms of solving many of the problems that they have been having, this is the best move forward so far.