FaceTime was introduced a few months back with the iPhone 4 during Apple's June 7 press event. We've all seen the more touching side of FaceTime: a grandfather seeing his grandson for the first time, a soldier stationed overseas seeing his newborn son or the most recent commercial showing a father playing Santa to bring a smile to his kid's face.
For those who don't know what FaceTime is, we have a How To here, that shows you how to use it. The short of it, is that FaceTime is just a video conferencing software on your iPhone, iPod Touch or Mac.
Still, without trying to spread too much fear or worry, there are obvious concerns with teens and software that lets users video chat. That said, let's take a look at what you–the parent–can do if you are concerned about your child or teen using FaceTime with their significant other on that new iPod Touch. Especially in a world where breakups happen, exes get mad and photos/video spread quickly.
1) Go to "Settings" (icon looks like gears on the iPod Touch/iPhone Homescreen)
2) Go to "General" (this also looks like a small picture of gears)
3) look for "Restrictions"
4) Hit "Enable Restrictions"
5) You will get a screen that asks you to create/enter a code. Here, you will enter a 4-digit code that only YOU should know. Please, don't make it anything your kid is familiar with or can guess with enough tampering.
6) You will get a list of applications, from here you can restrict or allow various applications. It's up to you to decide which you want to allow/disallow, but we do suggest FaceTime goes.
7) When you have switched the FaceTime App to "OFF" you can go hit the back button and exit the settings.
Know that you can also use these restrictions to set what kind of movies of music the user has access to on the device. They will not be able to access this without that special lock code. Do your best to check this from time to time to make sure that they haven't figured out a way to get around your security code.
Be sure to check out these other tips and tricks for new iPod Touch and iPhone Users. You can also check out the basic iPad tips and tricks here.