The majority of modern kids have different gadgets today including smartphones or tablets. Parents need to make sure they use those gadgets safely. Here is how you can do it.
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HOW TO KEEP YOUR ON A SMARTPHONE With toddlers today being brought up on smartphones and tablets, it can often be futile to deprive your child of such gadgets while they\'re at school. But you can still make sure they\'re practicing safe internet habits, and aren\'t putting themselves (or your bank account) at risk by following the steps below:
The amount Apple had to refund to parents whose children had made purchases without their consent.If your app account is linked to your credit or debit card, your child may be able to easily purchase additional content in ‘free’ apps without your permission.
Check what apps are downloaded. Tinder The ‘hook up’ app Unlike other dating apps, Tinder allows underage people to use the app - with a minimum age of 13. In 2015, an undercover report by The Tinder Experiment showed that online predators are using the app to groom underage girls.
Due to Snapchat’s expiring-image messaging, kids might feel they can sext safely - sending nude or sexually explicit photos of themselves - through the app. Although the Snaps expire, the recipient can easily save pictures by taking a screen-shot, using external cameras or hacking the app. Yik Yak allows kids to post anonymously, sharing secrets or gossip with one another-though users are exposed to expticit content and bullying.
As they get more comfortable with other users, kids can start revealing sensitive personal information that could be used to identify them. Whisper – Because they can post anonymously, bullies can post pictures of other kids with abusive text superimposed on to images. Users don\'t have to register to use the app, and can communicate with others nearby via GPS.
1/10 US smartphone owners are the victim of phone theft.
1/5 US children have had their cell phones stolen
A smartphone robbery doesn’t simply involve the loss of the phone, but also any sensitive information that it may contain.
Set up tracking and data-erasing apps, such as iCloud or Android Device Manager
1/10 teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission
1/5 teens have either posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to other
- Posting irresponsible things can potentially have both immediate and long-lasting detrimental effects.
Encouraging your family to be open about what they do online will help to keep them safe and give you peace of mind.