I’m building this site to support a book project. It replaces an older site that you can see here.

Material from my Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota presentation of Sept 2017 is here.

About the author

John Faughnan is a father of two persons with atypical minds. He’s writing a book to share what he’s learned over the past five years of promoting independence and responsible smartphone use for persons with autism and cognitive disabilities who need external support.

In addition to his experience as a parent John is a family physician, a specialist in medical informatics, and decades of experience in software development.

You can contact John at jf@sphone4all.com


Remote Screen Time in iOS 12 – a breakthrough in Explorer support

With iOS 12 Apple made big changes to what it used to call “restrictions” or “parental controls” and is now called “Screen Time”. It took me a while to appreciate the power of Apple’s approach. It’s not everything Explorer need, but it’s a big step forward. I’m seeing encouraging tweaks and improvements with minor revisions …

Managing an Explorer iPhone with Apple’s two factor authentication

One of my Explorers is very particular about phone hygiene. He force quits all his apps — immediately. He deletes all instant messages and emails after reading them. He has the makings of a master spy. In the same vein he clears all nags and notifications cleared — always. When Apple nags him to update …

iPhone safety for Explorers – a chapter section on setting Apple age

When I started my book project I though iPhone setup would be a quick chapter. It didn’t turn out that way. iPhone configuration is probably a third of the book, including initial setup, simplifications, and safety measures. Most recently iOS 12 forced a complete rewrite of all these chapters and, in the absence of documentation, …