As the holidays arrive, we are all again thinking about cool tech gifts for our kids. Here are some things to consider before making that purchase. Five questions you should ask about a product before you buy to help your kids stay safe.
Kids and Tech
From the modem and router to handy hacks. From coffee timers to third-party software, there are many creative ways to help protect your kids online. Here are a few of my most successful and a couple that weren’t. Hopefully this final chapter in “Using The Tools We Have” helps a parent navigate some of the more easily avoidable pitfalls of parenting, with technology.
Android has several ways to secure a childs device, the newest recently released from Google in the GooglePlay store is called ‘Family Link.’ It lets me do two things that are critical to my large, multi-device family. It provides global parental controls based on the family and child’s google account, and allows applies those restrictions to each device the child uses and to online content and store access.
Microsoft Parental Controls are global controls and restrictions set by the parent after a Microsoft Family account has been made. These restrictions follow the user across all Microsoft devices, therefore, the limits you place on your childs PC are also in effect on thier XBox. This can be very useful if you keep these handy tips in mind.
The second part of the iOS tools we have is their version of parental controls, which they refer to as “restrictions.” I fully planned on doing a deep dive into how to set restrictions. However, the amazing journalists at iMore.com did this for us less than a year ago. I will hit the high spots and things that were issues for my use, and for the rest, I will simply defer to them
As parents, we are tasked with doing everything we can to protect and prepare our kids. The same is true of their online digital life, and while education is paramount to helping them become responsible digital citizens, there are a few other steps we can take along the way to help them get there. I first want to talk about Apples ‘family share’ settings and why those may be valuable to you.
In our house, to promote healthy device use, we also utilize recharging and storage along with other daily necessities to help build good device hygiene in younger children.
Even a cheap tablet or smartphone isn’t cheap, and we are talking about putting that device into the hands of a 50lb wrecking ball. My Son can break anything by accident. Don’t believe me, ask my cat. Here are the steps we take to protect those devices.
In our technological world there is a simple truth. Convenience and security are polar opposites. This is not an opinion and is not negotiable. Many people, designers, programers, and security specialists are working to change this, but it is almost a rule of nature and therefore is resistant to change. Let me show you what I mean…
Should I get my kid a smartphone? What you are really asking is: Does your child possess the self-restraint, impulse control, and willpower to turn it off? Can they ignore the noise and let it wait till the appropriate time or otherwise resist responding to the constant stimulus from it? Or will they be like Pavlov’s dog…