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


Apple “Ask to Buy” isn’t useful for managing app installation by children or Explorers

Apple’s Family Sharing has an “Ask to Buy” option for users (Explorers) under the age of 18 [1]. It seems like a good option for managing installation of apps and media. It isn’t. It’s only a good option for managing initial purchases.  If an app or media has been previously purchased by a family member …