Children these days are notoriously tech-savvy, often even more so than their guardians. The new generation is being bombarded by electronics in all walks of life, resulting in technology being smoothly integrated into the lives of even the youngest kids. However, this has a flip side, as Apple Inc. recently discovered when they had to pay out US$100 million worth of iTunes credits thanks to app store purchases made by unsupervised children using their parents’ phones. Here’s three ways which can protect you from discovering some messages have been inexplicably deleted, some calls made, and quite a few dollars spent.
1. Set Up Parental Lock Systems: Most if not all modern consumer electronic devices have a provision to restrict or lock the device electronically. Not all are ideal, but every single one is a huge improvement on unrestricted access to children. Advanced software also allows you to selectively restrict access to the phone, customizing exactly what you want to let your children access.
2. Set up PINs or Passwords on All Your Devices: This crucial step in electronic safety is left ignored by a surprising amount of sophisticated electronics users. The procedure of setting up a password to access your electronics is a very simple one and yet very effective at restricting kid access. Just make sure the seemingly innocent pleading of your kids doesn’t melt your heart and you don’t end up giving them the password anyway.
3. Log Out of All Shopping Portals: While we tend to ignore electronic devices when we are not using them, we often forget to properly close tabs that include financial transactions, including app stores, online shopping websites, etc. It’s important to close these applications when we stop using them, since it’s highly unlikely kids will be able to log into them unless they have the password.