Whether enormous pride onto childrenâ€™s growing penchant for gadgets or to engage kids to devices when they are busy, parents are giving away their gadgets to kids frivolously. Some parents even splurge gadgets to their kids on occasions without giving much thought to probable occurrences of disasters that could happen to kids or those devices. If you are yet oblivious to potential losses or electronic hazards, then let us warn you now.
Most parents completely overlook the fact that giving away devices to children might expose them to questionable content, malware-contained sites and apps, and even to cybercriminals or pedophiles, let alone physical damages on devices resulted from rough usage or accidental slips by toddlers. Hence, parents need to back out a little, fortify the protection and learn these tricks to kid-proof their gadgets â€“ to protect gadgets from kids as well as protect kids from malicious digital content and users.
Harden your devices against Kidpocalypse â€“
One of the effective safety measures to protect gadgets from kids is to encase your gears with protective sleeves. You can choose from ample of hard, shock-proof cases for smartphone, tablets and notebook PCs to shield your devices against scratches when your offspring throws, bounces and even smacks on the floor. M-Edge SuperShell ($35) for the iPad, hard-glass screen guard for iPhone, shock-proof cases, heavy-duty protective back covers, tablet case with shock-proof handles, convertible kick-stand cases and those kid-friendly educational cases from Fisher-Price are just a few to mention here. Instead of handing over your expensive gadgets, buy kid-focused tablets, notebooks and smartphone devices which are made with protective shells around them such as ARCHOS Child Pad ICS Tablet, VINCI Tab II, Ematic FunTab Family tab, Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet for kids and many more.
Parental controls are a must â€“
Protecting gadgets from kids is not only to protect the hardware; you have to protect gadgets against internal haywire.Â Make sure you have enabled the built-in parental controls before giving your gadgets to your kids. Many parental control tools have pre-set age-appropriate controls which you have to choose according to the age bracket of your kids. All operating systems for computers as well as mobile devices feature parental control features, however, you can install specific parental control security software or apps on your devices to bolster the security of your devices against malware-bred apps and games download, viewing of questionable content, unwanted in-app purchase, data loss, and changed security settings.
Have a backup plan ready â€“
Do you have a backup plan ready? Make sure you have a backup solution ready against operating system crash, OS damages and against hardware damages when your children spill milk or juice on your device or if they bang your laptop against hard surface.
Maintain separate or guest accounts â€“
Another important hack to shield your device and to set restrictions on your kidsâ€™ usage is to set up a separate account for your kids. Parents can set up a guest account or a limited user account for their technophile kids by adding parental controls and applying specific restrictions and security controls.
In addition to these preventive measures, take consideration of these alerts â€“
- Tie tangling cords and cables with clips and place them on higher surface.
- Make sure that the electronic devices are not lying within an armâ€™s length distance away
- Install kid-friendly browsers which display kid-friendly version of YouTube, learning games, websites and online services and also restrict kidsâ€™ data use to a preset limit.
One last tip to protect gadgets from kids and protect kids from inappropriate usage is to regulate and supervise your kidsâ€™ screen-time in addition to above mentioned safety measures.