Parents Guide to Smartphone Safety

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Smartphones are children’s trusted companions both in and outside the classroom, and as they return to their desks, we’ve prepared some handy tips on how to keep their devices safe.

While in some parts of the world children have already returned to their classrooms, in virtual form or in person, in others they are simply preparing to return to school. And everyone will have their smartphones with them, whether it’s for sharing notes, playing games or taking part in new challenges on social media, or even using them to attend classes if these are held online.

Left on their own (pun intended), children will likely lose their concentration and be distracted from their studies by activities they find more entertaining. And of course, we can’t forget the cyber threats that still lurk on the internet, ranging fromInternet harassmentchild predator scams. Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the chances of any of these scenarios happening by securing your children’s smartphones and sometimes monitoring their activities.

Passwords, passwords, passwords

Let’s start with the basics. Strong passwords are the first line of defense that will prevent anyone, especially disreputable characters, from accessing your children’s valuable data stored in the various apps they use. These should besolid and safeand follow best practices for creating passwords. If you don’t know how to motivate your kids to create passwords while teaching them good security habits, you can use our fun guide to creating passwords.fantastic passwords. However, the amount of credentials needed to use various services tends to add up, so you should probably consider usinga password manageralso; this will make the whole process a breeze and your kids won’t have to type them in manually every time they browse the apps on their smartphone.

Locked outside

This next tip is a no-brainer, but even a lot of adults don’t take it – use a screen lock to access your phone. Similar to passwords, locks prevent random people from accessing your devices. This is a process that you should immediately guide your kids once they get their first smartphones. Especially since, if their smartphones are left unattended and without adequate security, someone can dig into their private messages or their media, and can even circulate the content around the school and the material could be used for reading. cyberbullying. There areseveral choices of locksyou can switch from access codes and patterned locks to biometric locks. If you are considering the first option, where creating a strong alphanumeric passcode is advisable, but better still: different locking options should be used in tandem, then always choose a combination of locking features instead of just one. choose just one. An optimal combination would be to use two different authentication factors, such as a biometric lock and a passcode.

Install a security solution

Your next step should be to secure your children’s smartphones with the help of a reputable security solution. This can protect them from most types of threats they may encounter online, including questionable links from an unknown source that could redirect them to a malicious website that could infest or bring malware to their devices. to part with their credentials. Children tend to be particularly naïve, so reputable security software can help you rest easy knowing your children are well protected.

Find my device software and remote wipe

Children tend to be careless with their belongings; it’s just a fact of life. They canmisplace their smartphonesor just leave them lying around for anyone to grab hold of. As a preventative measure in case this should happen, it is best to have a ‘find my device’ option installed and enabled. The two major operating systems for smartphones – Android and iOS – both offer their own solutions and even some smartphone manufacturers offer their own take on these apps. Whichever option you lean towards, just make sure it is operational before handing the phone to your child. In case you can’t get the phone back, you have one more that remotely wipes your kid’s phone. Reputable security software often offers its own version of these features as well.

Parental control

Attitudes towards parental controlvary; While many parents see their children through rose-colored glasses and give them a lot of mercy, others tend to take a Game of Thrones-style “Internet is dark and full of terrors” approach with a lot of prohibitions. However, the best analogy would be that technology and the Internet are good servants but bad masters. That being said, parental controls can be a handy tool in giving children enough freedom to use their smartphones while allowing parents to monitor their activities and set healthy limits while teaching them how to safely browse the internet and technology in general. Parental controls allow you to set time limits for apps or lock them down completely, filter potentially malicious and age-inappropriate content, limit search engines to safe and secure results, and parents can even receive notifications. reports on their children’s activities, among other things.

Educate them

Using various tools and features to protect your kids and their smartphones is great, but it’s only one piece of a bigger puzzle. If you want to instill good cybersecurity habits in them, it is best to take them with them and explain every part of the journey, whether it is setting up the lock screen, finding passwords together (although you are using a password manager, you still need to set a really strong password!), or the value of security solutions. With that in mind, feel free to discuss thevarious aspects of social mediaand thethe dangers it can presentbecause there is little or no chance that they will not use it later. For starters, you can always make your way to social media by starting them with one of thechildren’s social networks.

Closing words

While at first glance you might think that some of these tips seem pretty obvious, the simpler solutions tend to be the ones that get overlooked the most. In summary, by following the tips in this article, you will be keeping your children’s devices secure and helping foster good cybersecurity habits that will help them lead safer, more secure, and hopefully more private lives.

To learn more about the dangers children face online as well as how technology can not only help, visit Safer Kids online.

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