We finally relented and got our daughter an iPod touch for Christmas. She’s been begging for one since last Christmas and being that her birthday is right around the corner, it worked out well.
Ever since we made the decision to buy the iPod, I was thinking about what to do with her account, i.e. whether to set up her up with her own iTunes account or have her iPod under my account. The answer was made for me since I found out that children under 13 cannot have their own iTunes account. However, if iTunes is anything like Facebook, putting an age restriction doesn’t really do much as people (let’s be clear, parents) will fib the birth year. Having her device under my account is the better route anyways as DD (darling daughter) wanted some of the apps that I have on her iPod. Being that her iPod is under my account, I could easily transfer apps, music, books, anything that I have to her device, something I would not have been able to do (without having to pay again) if she had her own account.
The other issue was with iMessage and FaceTime. Being that her device is under my account, the default for both these applications was under my Apple ID. This isn’t a huge issue until you try to use iMessage or FaceTime. FaceTime didn’t work as I couldn’t call “myself”. Although the thought of being able to read DD’s texts was appealing, it also meant that she could read mine (not so great). Luckily, both are easy fixes but does require your child to have their own email address.
Here’s how to set up iMessage and FaceTime on your child’s iPod touch even though the device does not have its own iTunes account:
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down and click on Messages.
- Make sure iMessage is turned on.
- Enter your child’s email where you see “Receive At” (see image below).
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down and click on FaceTime.
- Make sure FaceTime is turned on.
- Where it says “You can be reached for video calls at”, enter your child’s email address.
You will also notice that once you do this, the name that appears on iMessage and FaceTime will be your child’s name and not yours.
Needless to say, even without one app installed yet, iMessage and FaceTime are huge hits with the tween crowd.