Today, with the increasing involvement of technology in our daily routine, smartphones and tablets are no more the toys of youngsters only. The kids are making use of them equally as their elders. Whether it’s about communication, gaming, purchasing via online shopping apps, reading or anything else, kids are using these hi-tech gadgets no less than the others.
While more kids are using these compact devices and internet, their safety is an increasing issue for the families and hence we bring to you some tips to keep children safe on smartphones or tablets.
It used to be that ‘hand-me-downs’ was just about the jumpers with trainer shoes and elbow patches. Well, not anymore.
The time has changed with the techie family now heirlooms to pass the second-hand digital devices from generation to generation. When deciding to pass on your used gadgets to the children, never take the decision lightly. After all, they’re the most important people in our lives, so keeping in mind ensure they are safe online should regularly in the mind.
These gadgets not only offer access to the Spotify or music directory, but they use a lot more than them. It’s good to take some steps to ensure that they are safe online.
The Apple iPad and other iOS devices come with restriction feature, which is at the heart of restricting the behavior of your child on their device.
This allows the parent or guardian to turn on/off various features within the iOS.
This means you always know what features they are allowed to use or not such as camera, install/delete apps, FaceTime, access in-app payments, etc.
Taking time to review these features on your kids’ devices will go a long way to solving the issues you may encounter. Go to settings and explore the options available for you.
If, as a parent or guardian, you decide that your kids are not old enough for unrestricted access to the internet and can explore various social media or online shopping apps, Internet access can be provided.
If not, stop allowing them to use the Safari or any other app that includes unrestricted access to internet content.
You can let them use the internet, but make sure it’s done within an environment of accountability.
Kids are sensitive and they can be lured by anyone one phone. If you feel your kids are not young enough to be able to make phone calls, it can be done with certain features available on iPads. This can be changed when they get older, but until that point phone calls may be disabled.
Get the devices that don’t support SIM cards or use an old SIM card to activate the device. This also comes with a benefit or no monthly call charges and also means that the apps such as WhatsApp are out.
There’s something amazing about the iOS devices, they come with iMessage, which means you can allow the kids to message only within the family. This helps you stay stress free about their communication with anyone from the outer world.
If they’re allowed to send text messages, make sure to keep an eye on what messages are being sent to them and by whom.
The last obvious area to consider when letting your used use the smartphones is the apps. With millions of Magento mobile apps and social media apps available online, iOS devices allow the parents to give or withhold access to the ability to download or delete the apps or make in-app payments.
If they’re already been given the gaming devices like PS4 or iMac, then allowing them to use games on their phones should be avoided.
After all, it’s simply not healthy for them to spend all day jumping between lots of gaming apps on their devices.