Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2012 11:53 AM (in response to Sharp42)
Make everyone their own login account on the computer. They then login to their own computer account to sync their own mobile devices with their own contacts/music/apps/stuff without any interference with other family members.
They can indeed have their own iCloud and even iMessage accounts. Just create unique AppleIDs for each. You each can have as many AppleIDs as you wish, and can use a different one for each service - you will need an email address for each AppleID, but use free gmail, hotmail, yahoo, ...
If you still want to share purchased content, then share one AppleID for iTunes, but use unique ones for everything else.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2012 12:04 PM (in response to Michael Black)
Sounds great. One stupid question. How do I set up each of them with their own iCloud? Can I do it from their phone? Can I do it from the Mac while logged in on their account?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to Sharp42)
You can do it from the Mac and their account if you are running OS X 10.7 (Lion). Or you can do it from their devices - just select the current iCloud account, click the AppleID and log out, then create a new iCloud account with the new AppleID you are going to use.
One other suggestion or something to think about - make the computer accounts standard users, keep yourself as admin and once they have their own accounts, change your admin account password. It is always better, IMHO, to have one chief amongst the whole tribe, else chaos (or worse, corruption) may ensue (when people with admin access, but little or limited knowledge start messing around).
Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2012 12:33 PM (in response to Michael Black)
Thanks much. I'm going to try and get this anarchy straightened out now.
I appreciate your help.