We can all agree that children these day class a Smartphone as one of their own toys, and whilst we know Smartphones can be a good source to educate and entertain its not difficult for curious kids to wander on to inappropriate apps and websites. Before you pass your Smartphone or tablet over take a look at our tips to help keep your child safe.
- Buy a Durable Case
It goes without saying that little hands tend to drop things so you may see your phone go for a swim in a puddle (or the toilet!). Get yourself a high quality rubber case to help protect your phone from the inevitable bumps, drops and scuffs!
- Lock your screen
The easiest way to help protect your child accessing anything on your phone is to lock your screen with a passcode, touch ID, or swipe ID. As an additional security measure it's worth changing your passcode every few months.
To set your passcode on an iPhone:
Settings – Touch ID & Passcode – enter your current passcode – once prompted change this to your new passcode – confirm.
To set your passcode on an Android phone:
Settings – security – screen lock – enter your passcode - confirm
To set your passcode on a Windows phone:
Settings – lock screen – Password – new password – confirm
- Set iPhone Parental Controls
Parental control will enable you to restrict access to any in built app (including YouTube, camera and iTunes). Parental controls are password protected so your child cannot change them.
To set parental controls on your iPhone go to:
Settings – General – Restrictions – You’ll find a list of apps and functions on your phone so you can decide which you would like to block.
- Additional iPad and iPhone Controls
Guided Access will allows you to control features and keeps your child in one passcode-protected app.
To set this up go to:
Settings – General – Accessibility – Guided Access. Turn on Guided Access and set a passcode. Load the app and triple-click the home button. Press start, triple-click your home button and enter the passcode you created to exit Guided Access.
- Set Android Parental Controls
Android tablets running 4.2, 4.3, or 4.4 allow you to create separate user accounts for each member of your family. In Android 4.3, you can create a "restricted" profile, which allows you to control permissions.
Settings - Scroll down to and select Users. Tap "Add user or profile" to create either a normal User profile, or a Restricted profile. Tap on Restricted profile when setting up an account for your child. You'll see a list of apps installed on your device, with on/off toggles to the side. By default, the restricted profile is unable to access any apps installed on your phone. Go through the list and turn on the apps and browsers you are comfortable with your child accessing.
To set parental controls for purchasing apps on your Android:
Go to Google Play - tap the Play store icon in the top left corner to open the menu.
Settings - Content Filtering (under User Controls). You can choose the maturity rating you'd like to set for your child, and add a passcode to prevent your child from changing it. Next, go to Settings - require password for purchases, and click on "For all purchases." This will prevent your child from downloading any apps without your knowledge.
- Set Windows Phones Parental Controls
Window phones have a feature called “Kids Corner” that allows you to create a separate user profile for your child. You can control what games, apps, video and music they have access to. Simply go to settings and click on kids’ corner to set up. From here you can control and block any apps or websites that are inappropriate.
If you have any questions about setting any of these up please get in touch.