What is iTunes?
iTunes is a free digital media player developed by Apple for the Mac and the PC. iTunes can play and organize digital music and video files. It also can sync content on your computer to other devices such as your iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV. From iTunes, users can access the iTunes store, where they can download movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, and apps for the iPhone and iPod.
What are the benefits?
For some music, iTunes offers a cheaper price on albums, and once you begin buying music from iTunes, the online store gives you personal recommendations. You can also rent or buy movies or television shows from the store. There are free songs that can be downloaded weekly and parents can monitor and prevent their children from buying music with explicit content.
Concerns for Parents
The iTunes store allows your child to preview and shop from a database of millions of songs and thousands of movies. Some content on the iTunes store, such as podcasts and some TV shows, is often available for free. Some of the content might not be age appropriate.
iTunes also features thousands of radio stations that users can listen to for free. Some stations might not be appropriate.
Podcasts available through iTunes can contain material that touches on mature subjects, while others have no redeeming value.
iTunes allows users to access other people’s iTunes music libraries that are on the same computer or network. Your child might inadvertently stumble upon inappropriate music while browsing another person’s music library.
How Can I Keep My Child Safe?
Use the iTunes parental controls.2
Keep an eye on the music, movies, podcasts, and radio stations that are in your child’s library.
Have a hard-to-guess password for downloading content from iTunes.
Where Can I Learn More?
Read our NewsWire report about navigating iTunes lengthy terms and conditions: Did You Read the Fine Print?