Protecting children is an important priority for everyone at Apple. We believe in transparency and giving parents the information they need to determine what is best for their child. We work hard to offer controls for parents that are intuitive and customizable. By creating an Apple ID for your child you enable them to enjoy the same Family Sharing features as you and your other family members. Your child will be able to share music, movies, TV shows, books, applications, photos, calendars, location and more with you and your Family. They will also be able to have their own personalized Apple ID experience using all of the services and content available to an Apple ID account holder.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS DISCLOSURE DOES NOT APPLY TO THE DATA COLLECTION PRACTICES OF ANY THIRD PARTY APPS. PRIOR TO PURCHASE OR DOWNLOAD, YOU SHOULD REVIEW THE TERMS, POLICIES, AND PRACTICES OF SUCH THIRD PARTY APPS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT DATA THEY MAY COLLECT FROM YOUR CHILD AND HOW SUCH DATA MAY BE USED.
Your Child's Apple ID
With the Apple ID you create for your child, he or she will be able to take advantage of the entire universe of Apple features and services that use Apple ID. For example, your child will be able to:
- Make and receive FaceTime video and voice calls.
- Create and share photos, videos, audio messages and texts using Camera, Photos, iPhoto, iCloud Photo Sharing, Messages, Mail and other Apple apps.
- Create and share documents and data with other people through iCloud public and private sharing. Depending on settings this may include your child’s name and contact information, if provided.
- Share his or her location with Family members and friends through Find My Friends, Messages and Find My iPhone.
- Access shared calendars, which allow you and your child to share past and future scheduled events with other members of your Family.
- Access, stream and download music including via Apple Music, movies, TV shows, apps and books from the purchase histories of other family members.
- Subject to the Ask to Buy settings you set, make purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store, make in-app purchases, as well as receive recommendations.
- Enroll and participate in iTunes U courses and play games and interact with other users in Game Center.
- Track health factors such as heart rate, blood pressure or nutrition and track and share fitness and activity data. In so far as your child uses an Apple Watch, he or she can choose to share his or her workout activity data with other Apple Watch users. This would include details of steps and distance covered in a day.
- Save mail, contacts, calendar events, notes, reminders, photos, documents and backups to iCloud
- Access and search the Internet and Internet resources through Safari and Spotlight
Controls for Parents
Family Sharing enables you to seamlessly share the content you choose with your Family. However, there may be times when you want to limit your child's access to certain types of content or resources available to the rest of the Family. To help you manage your child's access to Apple ID services and features, we have built in two sets of controls for parents: Restrictions and Ask to Buy.
You can set restrictions for your child on any iOS device he or she uses by going to Settings > General > Restrictions or, on a Mac, by going to System Preferences > Parental Controls. Using these settings you can limit features such as FaceTime, Camera and Safari, and certain social media apps, and also designate content appropriate for your child. This is an important step in ensuring oversight of your child's activity on Apple devices. Restrictions and Parental Controls are device specific, so we strongly encourage you to set restrictions on each Apple device your child may use.
Ask to Buy
Ask to Buy allows you to review and approve purchases, including in-app purchases and downloads requested by your child. This feature is enabled automatically for users under 13 or equivalent minimum age depending on jurisdiction. If you choose to turn off Ask to Buy for your child, you will only receive information regarding purchases, including in-app purchases, in the emailed receipt (sent 24-72 hours after purchase) or on your credit card bill.
Please note that apps purchased through our Volume Purchase Plan, re-downloaded or downloaded with a redemption code may not be subject to Ask to Buy restrictions.
Creating Your Child's Apple ID
In order to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and similar laws in other applicable jurisdictions, which govern the online collection of data from children, Apple may take additional steps to verify that the user granting permission for the creation of a child's Apple ID is his or her parent or legal guardian. Accordingly, in applicable jurisdictions, you will be asked to verify your current iTunes, iCloud or Apple Store payment method. Depending on the payment method, this may be done by methods such as the security code from your card or a round-trip SMS verification. We ask for this so that we may verify your identity as the Family Organizer and obtain your consent to the collection of personal information from your child.
Collection of Information
As part of the process of creating an Apple ID for your child, we will ask you to provide us with the following information: your child's full name, date of birth, password and the answers to three security questions that can be used to verify access to your child's account. In order to protect the security of your child's account and preserve your ability to easily reset your child's password online, you should keep the answers to these questions confidential.
We may collect other information from your child that in some cases has been defined under COPPA as personal information. For example, when your child is signed in with his or her Apple ID, we may collect device identifiers, cookies, IP addresses and the geographic locations and time zones in which his or her Apple device is used. We also may collect information about your child’s activities and interactions on our websites, apps, products and services, including content provided by third party developers.
Use of Information
We may use, transfer and disclose non-personal information (data that does not, on its own, permit direct association with your child's identity) for any purpose. For example, we may aggregate and use information regarding customer activities on our website, iCloud services and iTunes Store, and from our other products and services, to help us provide more useful information to our customers and to understand which parts of our website, products and services are of most interest. Aggregated data is considered non-personal information.
Limit Ad Tracking will be enabled by default for all devices associated with a child's Apple ID, to ensure they do not receive targeted advertising from Apple. However, your child will still be able to receive non-targeted advertising on those devices.
Disclosure to Third Parties
Using Apple ID and subject to your restrictions, your child may share information with others depending on the Apple features and services (such as those described above) that he or she uses.
As part of Family Sharing, your child's information including their past and future purchases will be shared with members of your Family. Subject to the restrictions you set, your child may also choose to share your information with members of your Family through iCloud Photo Sharing, shared calendars and reminders, Find My iPhone, and Location Sharing.
Additionally, if your child uses their Apple ID to sign in on a device that is owned by a third party (such as a friend's iPod or a school iPad), your child's information, as well as the shared information of other members of your Family, may be downloaded and visible to others using that device, unless and until your child's Apple ID is signed out of that device.
At times, Apple may make certain personal information available to strategic partners that work with Apple to provide products and services, or that help Apple market to customers. Personal information will only be shared by Apple to provide or improve our products, services and advertising; it will not be shared with third parties for their marketing purposes.
Apple shares personal information with companies that provide services such as information processing, fulfilling customer orders, delivering products to you or your child, managing and enhancing customer data, providing customer service, assessing your or your child's interest in our products and services and conducting customer research or satisfaction surveys. These companies are obligated to protect your child's information and may be located wherever Apple operates.
It may be necessary – because of the law, legal process, litigation and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence – for Apple to disclose your or your child's personal information. We may also disclose personal information about you or your child if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate.
We may also disclose personal information about you or your child if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or to protect our operations or users. Additionally, in the event of a reorganisation, merger or sale, we may transfer any and all personal information that we have collected to the relevant third party.
Access, Correction and Deletion
If at any time you want to access, correct or delete data associated with Family Sharing or your child's Apple ID, please contact us here: www.apple.com/privacy/contact/
Or by using the contact information below:
1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014