Having to deal with accounts is inevitable. Back in the day for computers and devices this used to be local accounts that were created.
Nowadays everywhere you go they want to know about you. I visited my friend a few months back and wanted to try out his new game system. It took me some time to setup the online account and add my e-mail.
On tablet devices, you could be tempted to use your same account for the rest of the family, but that is not a great idea especially if you are having your kids use your personalized device. Luckily many have a family account that can be created and controlled.
The first online computer account I can remember using is America Online (AOL). Our first for our kid’s was actually an e-mail account that we used to send them letters from major moments in their lives that they can read when they grow up. Another account we created was an account for the game Minecraft so they could save their worlds (Microsoft purchased them years ago).
Years ago I was very hesitant of saving information anywhere besides locally, but I’ve seen too many lose old files after a system crash, and no backups to go back to.
Luckily our family has Office 365 that comes with 1 TB (yes terabyte) for up to 6 people. That lets us save all our photos and videos and access it from anywhere, but also allows us to use the Microsoft Office applications as well. The service as of 2019 costs us $99.99 yearly, but it is something we find value in. If you’d like to to learn more and purchase, you can find it by clicking the banner below:
You can setup your family accounts at https://account.microsoft.com/family/about
Once they have their accounts they can login using those as long as the device is connected to the Internet.
We also have other devices such as tablets and phones from Apple and Google. The setup is similar, and they can request approval to install applications so you can track what they are doing on the devices.
Definitely think ahead on the account to create, so never using something easy to guess such as their name or birthday in the account or password.
Keep in mind that for kids under 13 in the US rules are governed by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act COPPA
So some online accounts like saving shortcuts & passwords in FireFox they’ll have to wait until they are older.