Nearly everyone is aware that they should keep their mobile devices secure so that others do not access their data. This usually involves things like having strong passwords and being careful about leaving smartphones unattended. This takes on a whole new dimension when a person has children in the house. Individuals often want their kids to interact with technology so that they can get comfortable with using mobile devices. However, there are a lot of things on a person's phone that they definitely do not want their kids to get into. Luckily, there are a number of ways to child proof a smartphone.
The first thing that people want to do when child proofing their mobile device is to make sure that they choose a model that can stand up to the accidents that can potentially occur when a kid is using it. The Samsung Galaxy S 5 is great in this situation as it is water-resistant and comes with a fingerprint lock that can stop kids from getting on the phone when parents do not want them to be. For younger children, the Kyocera Brigadier is the perfect choice. This phone is waterproof, made to meet military standards and comes with a scratchproof screen. With this, it is definitely able to withstand any kind of abuse from young children and toddlers.
If individuals are looking for a tablet that can both keep their kids entertained and help them get work done, they should have a look at the Sony Xperia Z2. It comes with an HD display that measures 10.1 inches and is able to withstand scratches, dust and water.
While parents of older children may not need to worry as much about having a device that can withstand drooling and scratches, they still definitely need to make sure that their kids are only able to use certain apps. There are a large number of apps for both Android and iOS that will allow parents to keep their kids entertained while locking them out of things like their contacts, calendar, email and web browser.
Apps that allow kids to only have access to certain things generally utilize something called a sandbox. While this may sound more like a piece of playground equipment, it is actually a technical term that refers to a safe computing environment where people are unable to get access to any device data unless they are specifically granted permission. People can also set up a blacklist of apps that blocks access to specific apps, a whitelist that only allows access to the apps on the list and a new user profile specifically for their child. In fact, it is often best to utilize a combination of these techniques to keep smartphones child proofed. Some of the best apps to give kids access to appropriate content include the following.
• Kids World
This app comes with a number of great features that includes setting a limit for the amount of time that children can use the whitelisted apps on the phone. The screen locks automatically after the time limit has been reached. Parents can also create a playlist of videos that their kids can watch.
• Kid Mode
Kid Mode is a great choice when people do not want to go through each app individually and decide whether their children should have access to it. The app itself connects to Zoodles.com and serves up content that include age-appropriate apps, family video messaging and children's videos. Individuals will have to set up an account on the website if they would like to customize what their kids get access to.
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