One of the instant happiness formulae of the holiday season is making our kids happy and as parents we all know, how difficult that is to accomplish nowadays. But things that strike just the right cord are gadgets. Unwrapping tech gifts bring automatic glee moments in the family.
As a mom, I see parents reaching out for smartphones, tablets, iPods, netbooks, gaming consoles and lots more as birthday gifts, Christmas presents or New Year gifts for welcoming 2012. But, have you ever checked out the safety instructions that go with these gadgets for kids? Believe it or not, there are some very important safety measures that are completely overlooked by us.
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Do you know that Smartphone applications, social media accounts, and IM applications are all web enabled and are made accessible from popular gaming devices like Microsoft XBOX 360, Sony PlayStation, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii DS. These gaming systems enable group playability through Internet and chatting while gaming and that is when your kids could be exposed to malicious online users or inappropriate game titles as well. Your kids could fall prey to Internet scams while buying games online, cyber bullies and online predators who prevail in the virtual playground of console and handheld gaming systems. They could cause grave danger for your innocent kids who would be oblivion of their hidden intentions.
Hence, you need to set up parental control software for these gaming devices and Smartphone before they start using them. These parental control tools can restrict their Internet access and monitor data usage. This is sure going to reduce your worries for your kidsâ€™ online safety over social networks, chat applications and their overall Internet usage.
In addition to parental controls, take advice from Microsoft Kinect safety guide, Microsoft XBOX 370 family settings, YouTube safety settings, ESRB ratings of game titles, iPhone settings to disable video chats etc. to tighten the safety protocols of holiday gadgets.