Shocked to see your contact book empty? Received a huge telephone bill for using different value added services on your phone? Well, this is a common scenario in many houses in the country. It is neither the fault of your gadget nor the telecommunication companies. This happens mostly when parents want their kids to remain occupied with phones or tablets. If you are also among those parents who want your kids to become gadget savvy, it is necessary for you to take adequate child protection measures before handing over the device to children. Following are five simple ways to keep your devices child proof.
Log out from shopping services from your browser and apps
To protect yourself from paying for unnecessary orders, you should always make sure to log out from all shopping apps and services. Sign out from the page and remove the password so that your kids cannot log in without your permission. Also, it will be better to remember your password and uncheck the “remember password” box to ensure no unnecessary items are delivered to your doorstep.
Use a password or pin to keep devices locked
Not all kids are interested in online shopping. Some are excessively addicted to games, while others aimlessly browse and unintentionally download multiple apps and paid services. To avoid any such consequences, it is better to keep your device locked with pin or password. You can also use Kaspersky Safe Kids for controlling or restricting access to different sites or apps.
Disable the power option
Many of us work from home and use a power strip to keep multiple devices connected. While working from home helps us take care of kids, there are times, these munchkins create a lot of problems. For instance, turn the power off without you actually getting time to save all the hard work. Thus, it is best to disable the power option on the device or change its setting so that it does not get shut down. Also, it is advised to use power strip cover to prevent kids from plugging off the computer.
Get a sturdy screen protector and case
The thought of getting scratch marks on your smartphone or a broken screen can certainly give anyone nightmares. However, with kids around, this is not uncommon. Kids love to play with gadgets, and often mishandle them. In order to ensure that your gadget remains sturdy and scratch free, it is important to guard the screen using a screen protector. You can also use the sturdy cases easily available in the market as they helps to protect the body from shock or physical damage. It is otherwise also important to ensure that the device is scratch free and aesthetically neat.
Setting up parental control
Cyber crimes have alarmingly increased recent times. Therefore, you should always set up parental control to monitor the access of your children. You can use the in-built parental control of the device for restricting your child’s use. However, if that is not enough, you can use different antivirus and Internet security software that can help restrict access to some sites, work emails or apps. Net Nanny, Webcatcher, KidsWatch, Avira, and McGruff are some of the options that you can try and install in your tablets, PC, smartphone, etc. Before using any of the options for parental control, make sure that you know everything about the software. Getting the system slowed down just for restricting child usage is never a wise option.
Spend some time with children and ask them to use the electronic gadgets under your supervision. Also, set a time limit for which they can use the device. This will help in controlling them and ensuring the safety of valuable information.