I bought a brand new iPad for my child under 13. During setup, the iPad wants to create an Apple ID. I seem to have two options:
- Create one for me and just give my kid the iPad to use
- Buy another Apple device and create my Apple ID on it.
Then create the Apple ID of a child linked to mine to use it on iPad. Continue configuration on iPad and use child's Apple ID
I really, really don't want to do option 2) over the next two years. Is there any other way? Brainstorming here: I have root access to Apple hardware at work, including Apple IDs, but these devices don't belong to me … will that help me? one way or another to get started? Emulators? Virtualization? Hackintosh? I guess not, but I had to ask.
Now back to option 1), there are several sub-options here:
1a) Use my first name, last name and birthday and just live with the fact that when my child interacts with others, it's under my name. Am I understanding this right? Maybe this name and age will not always appear? Maybe it can be replaced with display names and other parameters? What are the limits and flexibilities here? For example, I want when my child uses iMessage, Facetime, etc., it shows up with the child's name, not mine.
1b) Use the first name, last name and fake birthday of the child 13 years and older. What are the negative consequences of this approach?
1c) Use the child's first name, last name and fake birthday of 18 years and older
What are the negative consequences of this approach?
Is there an option 3) that I haven't considered? … For example, one thing that came to my mind was that I could do option 1) and then create a child account from the iPad, disconnect the # 39 Apple ID, then reconnect with the child account. It looks like it would work, but has anyone tried it? What could go wrong with this approach?
My biggest concern is that these days it seems like the Apple ID is being used as proof of ownership (more than having the actual device in my hands) and playing with dates birth and this will create hassle later in the device life cycle: lost device, password reset, sale, etc. etc.
Additionally, the Apple ID appears to be connected to the device serial number. If I have multiple accounts linked to a single serial number like option 3) will this create a problem?
Note that I do not plan to enter my credit card in any scenario, so I am not concerned that the child will make unauthorized debits. If I do, it will be very rarely … maybe once a year (and I will delete the credit card information again)
I have a feeling that there is no "best way" and I will have to choose between different compromises. What are these trade-offs to take into account? What would you do if you were me?