So you want to give your child an iPhone, so you have a way to stay in touch with them. When setting up the device, you will be prompted to enter or create an Apple ID. The Apple ID is critical for aiding Apple and applications to differentiate between users. Purchasing or downloading content from the App Store also requires an Apple ID.

As you can see, Apple IDs are very important to fully benefit from Apple devices. However, you may not want to share one with your child. The good news is you can create an Apple ID for your child and link it to your Apple ID. Linking the Apple ID to yours will allow you to have control over what apps your child downloads and other features.

Where To Start

Firstly, open up the Settings app on one of your devices and tap your name at the top of the screen1. Following this, select Family Sharing to enter the screen that will give you management of all the accounts that are associated with the Apple ID2. Following this,  Add Family Member then Create Child Account3.

Creating The Apple ID

Following this, a screen will appear that will explain that you will be guided through the creation of the new account, select Next to continue. The next page you will see will require entering your child’s birthday4. Once you hit Next, you will see the Parental Privacy Disclosure5. Once you finished reading it, tap Agree.

The next screen will require the security code (CVV) of the card that is associated with your Apple ID. If you do not have one, you will be prompted to add one6. Enter in your child’s name and hit Next to proceed7. Following this, you will need to enter a username for the iCloud email address8.

Lastly, the last screens will allow you to set up three security questions9 for the account. This will be important if you or your child cannot remember the account password and need to access the account. Moreover, it is important to pick answers that you and your child will remember. Following the security questions, you will be Ask to Buy10. When selected, you will receive a notification if your child tries to purchase anything through the App Store.  Once you accept the terms, you will be good to go.

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