Smartphones and Tablets can be expensive, sensitive and potentially dangerous for kids to use – yet they can be a quick and easy way to entertain your child. So how can you keep your child and your phone safe?
Thankfully, there are tools and accessories to help protect your child, your phone and your personal information when letting them use your device.
Guided Access and “Kid Mode” (More Control)
iOS devices have a built-in feature called Guided Access that lets you lock your phone or Tablet using a single app, which is especially handy for younger kids and situations where you need more control.
|Steps and Additional Information||To use it, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access. Then turn it on and enter a passcode. Now you’re ready to go.
Open the app you want, press the home button quickly three times and the Guided Access screen will appear. It allows you to select additional options, like turning off certain buttons or features to ensure your kid doesn’t do something they shouldn’t.
|For Android devices, there isn’t a standard built-in feature equivalent to iOS, but apps like Kid Mode and others let you use a password to lock your phone or Tablet on whatever app you want your child to use, preventing any mishaps.
Restrictions (Less Control)
If you have older kids or want to let them access more than one app, both iOS and Android devices have built-in features to let you turn off certain functions without limiting you to one app.
|Create Restricted Profile|
|Steps and Additional Information||Settings > General > Restrictions, then tap “Enable Restrictions.” You’ll need to create a unique passcode for these settings so that only you can turn them on or off.
Once you have that set up, choose the apps and features you want to disable anything from specific apps to Siri, camera functions and in-app purchases.
|First, find Settings, then Users and press “Add user or profile.” Here you will create a new profile and set as Restricted. Now, when you want to hand your device to your child, just switch to their user profile and let them start playing.
While the above tools can keep your kids from getting into trouble on your phone, they can’t keep them from dropping, throwing or otherwise damaging it. For that you’ll need a protective case.
Many parents may do well with a tough but basic OtterBox or Ballistic case to protect against falls and bumps. But, if you’re giving your phone to a young and mobile child, you may want to consider something waterproof like a LifeProof case to protect it from spills or if it should end up in a toilet or puddle.
It just takes a little preparation and a few extra steps to “kid proof” your device so that you can feel safe and confident letting your kids use your phone.
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