Devices are great, they’re just fragile and not totally secure in the hands of children. Children can cause expensive damages, unwanted purchases, or the child viewing inappropriate content. Parents, if you want to share your devices with your kids, or if your child has his own device, it’s imperative that you kid-proof the electronics.
By controlling the time spent on your devices, such as with a password or a monitoring app, you’ll be aware of your child’s actions online. You’re welcome to help them choose appropriate apps and games, as well as teach them how to safely use social media. Install virus protection, and then purchase a resilient water-proof cover to ensure the device isn’t broken if a child plays too rough. If you’re diligent, you may find it’s possible to keep a device like-new and still share it with your child.
Contact Your Provider
Your mobile provider can be reached online, in-store, or by phone. Oftentimes, mobile carriers will have additional measures in place, or extra features available, to monitor and block content that is potentially harmful or inappropriate. These services allow you to set restrictions on data usage and how often the device is used (and for how long). Parents, ask about GPS family tracking, a service that can be used to determine your child’s exact location.
Protect Your Device from Threatening Hacks and Viruses
Even the strongest password does not protect against viruses, spyware, or other security threats and hacks. And, viruses, hacks, malware, etc. don’t just put your operating system at risk; these threats put all of your private information at risk, such as your credit card numbers and bank account information. Some viruses are capable of hacking your home network, and spreading from one device to the next, like a thieving forest fire.
There are options to protect your device, and the best is to install antivirus for Android or iOS devices, which will block malicious apps before they can even be installed. Look for an antivirus that provides protection from viruses, fraudulent websites, and protects your privacy on social media. Some even come with additional family features, such as kid monitoring and family tracking.
Password Protect Your Devices
Create passwords for accounts and devices, whenever the option is available. Make your password strong, something you’re certain your kids could never guess. Use numbers and letters, and attempt to memorize it. If you write it down, your children may snoop and find it.
A password helps to protect your sensitive information, pictures and files, as well as it guards against unauthorized purchases or data fees. If you’re using an Android device, you’ll be prompted to set up a PIN, which protects you from unwanted purchases in the app store. Password protection offers a good way to stop your children from picking up the device and viewing inappropriate content while you’re too busy to monitor their actions.
Use a Kid-Friendly Browser
Some browsers are designed to take up all the space, and will remain as such until a parent uses a password to remove the screen. These browsers create a safe place for kids to explore, learn, and play games. Some of these programs allow you to create custom shortcuts to your child’s favorite websites, and protect your child from viewing inappropriate content. You may be able to restrict video streaming websites or websites that can cause data charges.
An app-locker is another choice, and it allows you to select pre-approved apps, as well as apply a password to control the accessible apps. Combine these programs with a timer, and you’ll have the safety, security, and control you need to feel safe while your children uses your device.
Purchase Kid-Proof Device Covers
The best way to protect your device is to teach children about responsible device ownership. In the children’s book, If You Give a Mouse an iPhone: A Cautionary Tail, author Ann Droyd cautions parents that children can become too caught up in devices, and miss out on real life. Don’t give into a child’s begging, in regards to a device.
Create a safe space for your child to explore on your devices, but make sure that he understands the rules. Create a safe space for him, and remember to encourage learning and organization. Devices are pricey, and they can be easily damaged or corrupted in small hands, so ensure all the proper safety precautions have been taken.