If you allow your child to possess a Smartphone, or even if you simply allow them to play with yours, you need to ensure your child understands the importance of internet safety. Luckily, in our modern digital age there now exists mobile phone software that enables parents to have some control over website access for internet safety, as well as putting limitations in place for child protection.
Check your child’s Smartphone for parental controls as most will come with this as a feature. In the settings menu, you should be able to find options for certain restrictions that you can set by means of a password. You can then choose to restrict certain websites or applications as you see fit.
Thankfully, most of the top email providers are very good at spotting a potentially harmful message and use their filters to send such messages straight to a spam folder. Unfortunately, Smartphones are just as susceptible to malware and virus attacks as your home desktop and certain measures must be taken to prevent them.
There are a wide variety of applications available for Apple, Android and Blackberry users who wish to block certain users. You can even record unwanted messages or texts to use as evidence of unsolicited harassment or bullying of your child.
Your network provider can also help you block unwanted contact through use of an online account on their website, which helps you configure certain restrictions.
If your child loses their phone, their contacts and identity can be compromised. Your network provider can help you remote wipe the data from the phone for safekeeping.
There are also many apps available for Apple, Android and Blackberry users that can help you locate a phone that has been lost or stolen, or allow you to erase its data. Most devices now give users the opportunity to back up data in cyberspace, so it won’t be entirely out of your reach.
Allowing your child to have a Smartphone can be valuable, as they are always within reach should they require help or need to be contacted.
In the digital age, Smartphones are also a useful educational tool. So long as your child is aware of the potential dangers and security threats that surround the use of mobile devices and the measures needed to effectively counter them, they can continue to enjoy their Smartphone without any cause for concern.
What are other child phone usage safety measures you take in making sure your children avoid some of the mobile dangers we’ve mentioned above? Please share your views below.