Sometimes technology and children just don’t mix.
Whether it’s inappropriate content on the internet or kids’ inability to treat expensive devices with care, there are heaps of reasons why you might be afraid of your kids using your electronics.
However, you don’t have to totally cut them off.
Here are some tips on how to keep electronics safe for children and allow them to enjoy the benefits of your devices and their connectivity.
Set a lock code or password
Lock codes and passwords have become commonplace for most devices these days, especially when it comes to smartphones and tablets. Having a simple code or password that your kids can’t figure out is the easiest way to keep them from accessing your tech. For extra safety, consider changing it every few months in case the little ones secretly peak over your shoulder while you punch it in.
Set up their own profile
Computers and the internet are important tools in connecting children to the outside world and helping them learn. So it’s a bad idea to keep your kids from using the computer or other smart devices entirely, even if you are worried about safety. Instead, set up a separate profile for your kids on your shared home computer. This allows you to control what programs and parts of the internet they can access and keeps your business separate from theirs, eliminating the possibility of them ruining hours of work or other important documents.
Become familiar with filtering options
Filtering controls can be a parent’s best friend when it comes to childproofing tech. Most devices and operating systems let you set controls on a variety of things, including:
Set email controls
This goes hand in hand with filtering options. One of the best (and worst) things about the internet is that almost anybody can use it to do almost anything, including sending malicious, inappropriate emails to people that don’t want them. If you don’t think a spam folder or filter is enough online protection for your child, you can actually restrict the email addresses from which they can receive messages to ones that you have specifically approved.
Do some research
Getting more information about your child’s browsing habits can help you tailor your filtering and look for specific methods to childproof your tech. Look at search and download histories on your devices to stay on top of what your kids look for while online. If there are sites that you think are not good for your children, block them so they cannot access them.
Equip your tech with protective gear
Youngsters aren’t always the most careful bunch. Clumsy kids have been known to knock things over and drop breakable items. Your smartphone or tablet that you accidentally left out on the counter of coffee table might be next. To guard against this possibility, buy a case or screen guard for your device. While they can’t totally childproof your products, these protective measures can prolong your tech’s life in many cases.