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How to set up Android tablets for minors

AuntSassy 115 18 December 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM
I'm trying to set up 2 tablets so they're up and running with a few games and a few ebooks on Christmas day. I'm totally new to Android, and correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems a Google account is needed to set these kinds of tablets up, right? I have a Google account myself because I used to use Blogger and I also have a gmail account, but I wanted them to have their own with their names to keep stuff separate. I've been Googling and all I've come up with is that minors need to be 13 years old to get gmail and/or a Google account. With all the tablet sales this year definitely including units for a slew of minors, there must be a simple way to set them up. Goodness, then there's the times when they'll want to buy an app and who knows how that'll work out. Confused So far, all they have are AOL email accounts used to keep in touch with classmates and far away family members.

Thanks for any advice.

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Or, can I somehow just add these 2 devices to my own Google account? That'll skip right over the need for them to have a personal Google account in order to use the Android App Market. I will explain to them about downloading paid apps without my permission.

Wait! Won't this autmatically pull my Gmail into their devices and they'll be able to see my personal emails? Um, I think my head is about to pop!
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If it were me I'd set them both up with your own gmail account. I'd then download all of the apps that I'd want on each of the tablets. Then, I'd check into an app like Famingo Sandbox which locks your device down so that the child only has access to the apps you want them to have access to. It can block in-app purchases and is really nifty. I use it on my phone and my kids (8, 5, & 3) don't seem to mind the limitations. Also, you can search for kid/family-friendly apps from within the Sandbox environment.

I haven't been using android for very long, but I think this is the best way to set up two tablets for kids and keep them from purchasing unwanted things and accessing programs that you don't want them to mess with.

Hope this helps.
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yes you do need to be over 13 to sign up, but no one pays attention to that stuff anyway, I dont even put my own birthday on stuff. But gmail is free, just sign up for a 2nd gmail account and put all the stuff under that this way you dont have to worry about them somehow messing anything up with yours.
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As Mrbob mentioned, nobody pays attention to the birth date thing.
Google probably does the 13 year old minimum to protect themselves from liability.
Anyhow, the kids can open their own accounts in their own names (with your help) and just add 10 years to their dates of birth.
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Many thanks for the tips, everyone. Much appreciated!
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One more question. If you buy a paid app, like a game for instance, can it be shared between the 2 tablets? Or does it need to be purchased twice?
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One more question. If you buy a paid app, like a game for instance, can it be shared between the 2 tablets? Or does it need to be purchased twice?
If the tablets are on different accounts, you would have to buy the app for each machine.
It is possible (but note positive) that if both were using the same account, that you might trick the machine into giving you the app on both machines. It can be done on the webOS tablets but I can't be sure if that will work with Android.
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One more question. If you buy a paid app, like a game for instance, can it be shared between the 2 tablets? Or does it need to be purchased twice?
you should only buy apps on "your" account, and then borrow the kid's device, log in as you, download & run the app once, then log out, and let them log in

that or look for the .apk on your device and just move that over to their device
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you should only buy apps on "your" account, and then borrow the kid's device, log in as you, download & run the app once, then log out, and let them log in
I'm no android expert, but on my Android tablet, there is no way to sign into two different Google accounts.
The whole machine runs on one account that is set up before initiating the device.
To get mine into another Google account, I would have to wipe mine out first and start afresh with the new one.
Maybe you know some magic trick that I don't, but to the best of my knowledge, what you mentioned above cannot be done.
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I'm no android expert, but on my Android tablet, there is no way to sign into two different Google accounts.
The whole machine runs on one account that is set up before initiating the device.
To get mine into another Google account, I would have to wipe mine out first and start afresh with the new one.
Maybe you know some magic trick that I don't, but to the best of my knowledge, what you mentioned above cannot be done.
lets start with having only 1 g-mail account on the device (kid account A) - then go to gmail, press settings -> add an account, and add your account (parent account B) - then exit gmail, and go to the android market, go to menu -> accounts, and pick account B - install any apps you want from account B (but don't buy them on this device if possible, buy them only on your "parent" device), and then simply switch accounts back to "child", and then to be sure your kids don't mess around with it too much, remove your account

not sure what android/market version this requires

alternatively you could probably do the same with the amazon market
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I see I've got some "playing" around to do. Thankfully I have a week left to set them up.
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I see I've got some "playing" around to do. Thankfully I have a week left to set them up.
Please let us know what you end up doing. The info will be highly useful to me/us.
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Sure thing.
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