Most of us have smartphones these days, including our kids. While having a phone comes a great deal of convenience and freedom, it is important to recognize some of the dangers that smartphones pose and how to keep you and your loved ones safe. As a parent, you want to ensure that a smartphone is not causing unwanted stress to your children. Here are five ways to make phones less stressful for them.
Block Unwanted Calls
Unfortunately, spam calls and attempts at hacking are still happening. It can be scary when our kids are using a mobile phone if they are getting these types of calls. It is important to teach your children the importance of not giving out information over the phone, especially when it comes to accessing personal information.
You can certainly take action into your own hands. There is an opportunity to block unwanted calls altogether so that if your child gets a call from someone like this, the phone’s security will likely block it before it even makes the phone ring. It is worth telling your children to let phone numbers that they do not recognize to ring through first. By doing this, you can look at a viable way to find phone number owner and check if it is anything important. You can then choose to call them back, wait to see if they leave a message, or block the number. It is also worth checking phone numbers online because other people may have already reported the number.
Have A Pin Code/Key Lock
Children are not usually as cautious as adults and might be more apt to lose their phones. If this happens, then all the information on it could be easily viewed by anyone who picks it up. That can be really terrifying for parents, especially when there are pictures and personal information on the phone.
To keep your mind at ease, it is a good idea to have a pin code/key lock on your child’s phone. It is also common nowadays that you can set a face identification in order to give your phone that extra layer of security. It is worth having both the pin code/key lock and the face identification, if possible. The more protection your child has when it comes to their phone, the less likely it will be compromised if it falls into the wrong hands.
Watch WIFI Usage
Free WIFI is always fun to have as a kid, especially for those occasions where the data runs out and you want to keep them entertained. However, not all WIFI hotspots are safe, and so it is very important to be wary of what wireless internet your child connects to. Regardless of the WIFI, unless it is your own home network, it is worth educating your child on the dangers of free WIFI in public spaces.
Be Cautious With Apps
A lot of children use apps for gaming and perhaps editing pictures or footage for their social media channels. The increase of apps does, however, make it a little more dangerous because not every app is legitimate. It is important to keep an eye on what they are downloading app-wise. When your child goes to download an app, you should be aware of the type of information the app can access and hold. Educate your children about checking the app’s popularity and reviews to ensure it is not accessing data without their consent. You might also want to connect their phone to your email so you can see what they are downloading.
Back-Up Their Data
The stress of losing a smartphone can be a lot as a parent, especially when it comes to your child’s phone. There is likely to be plenty of information and data on the phone that you will want to hopefully retrieve. By backing up their data, you will have everything on hand to restore when it comes to getting them a new phone. Try and do a backup regularly and encourage your children to do this on their own as they become more independent.
Making sure your children’s phones are protected is going to help with the general stress you experience on a daily basis as a parent. Hopefully, these tips will help your family stay staff and stress-free.