Monitor and Ensure The Safety Of Smartphone-Savvy Kids

Monitor and Ensure The Safety Of Smartphone-Savvy Kids

These days, it is not uncommon to find youngsters owning smartphones. The latest cell phones and electronic gadgets are as much a part of the lives’ of a 10-year-old, as they are to a much older person. However, tech-savvy kids of this generation must be cautious when they conduct online activities.

There are pitfalls and dangers lurking in every corner. From adult content, violent and disturbing video games, chats with strangers and also sharing pictures—the list of potential and real threats are endless.

It is quite a big challenge for parents to monitor the smartphone usage patterns of their children. But there are no two ways about ensuring their online safety. The first step towards achieving this goal is to have a simple talk with your child.

What you need to do is tell him or her about the perils of indiscriminate cell phone usage. Remember, that at no point during your talk should your language be alarming. This will frighten your child; and it will not make it easy to have further discussions on the subject.

Once you have gained the confidence of your child, explain that certain rules have to be followed if they are to continue using their smartphones. Bear in mind that a recent report for the Pew Research Center states that kids are much more likely to send text messages than to make voice calls or send e-mail. Moreover, the average number of texts sent by teens had skyrocketed with the influx of several chatting apps and platforms.

Parental controls aren’t limited to just computers. Mobile devices have evolved into Internet-ready tools that can perform a variety of tasks. Enable mobile parental controls to ensure a safer, more secure online experience for your children.

The good news is that you can take control of your teenager’s smartphone. Mobile phone service providers have different options for controlling privacy and usage, filtering content and location and monitoring settings. Increase your child’s smartphone privacy and safety with these simple tips:

Most companies will allow parents to turn off features, such as downloading videos or images, texting, and accessing the Internet. These controls can also be used to limit the number of calls or texts and set time restrictions.

Content filtering

These controls can block certain websites to allow for safer mobile browsing on the Internet. Some filters can also limit videos and other multimedia.

Turn off location services

This prevents apps from tracking the location of your child; for example when traveling to school.

Block data sharing

Some apps want to use information stored on cell phones. Block all access to the contact list, gallery and anywhere else data which can identify the user is stored.

Enable privacy settings on apps you download:

Make sure your teens are using strict privacy settings on services such as Instagram and Facebook.

With these simple yet effective measures, you can breathe a whole lot easier, secure in the knowledge that your child is out of harm’s way. Nonetheless, regular monitoring of mobile phone usage of youngsters is advisable. In all of this, remember to respect the space of your child and try not to be intrusive.