Microsoft Windows PCs are now fairly easy to configure with different access levels for different family members with products such as Windows Live and NetNanny.
But laptops and desktop PCs are no longer primary internet access devices for kids. iPhones, iPads and similar devices are becoming much more common for school aged children. Some schools are actually requiring them! But iPads/iPods and other ‘i’ devices can’t have separate accounts for kids. Apple’s marketing model is geared towards individuals each buying their own device, thus the ‘i’ prefix to iCloud, iTunes, iPad, iPod, iPhone…
I later learned that it is possible to make separate accounts on iPads only by “rooting/jailbreaking…” the device. But the US made this illegal yesterday with yet another pro-monopoly DMCA provision. Unless someone cares enough to sign the petition against this pro-monopoly DCMA provision, my fancy new iPhone won’t do what “I” want it too. Monopoly-locked iPhones are also useless outside of a carrier’s region or if a carrier goes bankrupt. Which is why I decided that it is a good choice going with an Android tablet. It allows ‘I’ to do what ‘I’ want far more than the iPad does. Android’s latest version 4.2 OS does have multiuser capability but some Android devices are so inexpensive it is much more practical to have one device per family member.
Apple tablets, phones and iPods aren’t bad devices, but they’re targetted to a particular market, young, urban, singles and dual income no kid couples. The rest of us, are more focused on ability to share, freedom to customize, ruggedness price and portability between networks than on slick eye candy. At least that’s what iWant.