You know that whole argument that you should make sure both parents know how to diaper, feed, and soothe a baby, so that no one parent gets “stuck” with all the hardest work because the other parent quietly “deskilled” him/herself?
I paid attention to that advice with my kids, and contradicted it with our phones, broadband, AppleTV, Netflix, and every other tech-y entertainment thing besides my own computers. Also, I did this with wine. Why? I just did. not. want. to. be. in. charge.
But that’s come back to bite me, because I can offer absolutely no advice on SmarterPhoneHostMom‘s question.
I suspect that some of you other Host Parents have stayed on top of SmartPhone Tech?
Tell us how you manage sharing, staying in control, and staying safe, while also making sure your Au Pairs can use their phones for personal use.
Please weigh in here!
I have a question about security for smart phones provided by the host family. Since the technology and carrier plans are constantly evolving I was wondering if anyone had some some new ideas and tips.
For our previous Au Pair, we added a line to our Verizon account for an iPhone 5. We wanted our Au Pair to have an iPhone because my husband and I have iPhones and we have family sharing set up so we can share locations and calendars with each other.
I especially like the location tracking, because I can see in real-time where she is with the kids if they go anywhere, and if there was ever an issue like an accident or something we would be able to locate them easily.
When we gave our first au pair the phone we just gave it to her and let her link to her own iTunes account so that her apps and email and everything she had on her iPod and MAC computer would be synched with the phone.
My husband thinks that we should do things differently for our incoming au pair, and set the phone up under an iTunes account that we control so she can’t download her own apps and we control all the settings.
I’m a little torn, since I expect our Au Pair will also need a phone for personal, “off duty” use. If we make the iPhone controllable by us, then she will either carry 2 devices with her if she goes out, or just bring the work phone but not be able to use the same apps that all her friends are on.
This would be kind of an inconvenience for her to have to carry two phones. On the other hand, we are paying for the phone, and we should be able to manage it.
Part of the reason this came up is because our previous au pair was on messaging apps a lot during working hours. She had to be reminded a couple of times to leave the location tracking services on during working hours.
Does anyone have any tips for how much security they put on smart phones they provide?
It might be helpful for the au pair not to be tempted by social media, personal emails, and messaging apps during working hours, but I also don’t want to be too rigid and it would be nice to give her access to those things in her free time.