Does your child have a mobile phone or tablet, and if so, do you have parental controls on it? Parental controls are now an absolute necessity for a concerned Mom or Dad. Here MobileMinder explains the importance and advantage of putting parental controls on your child’s mobile device.
Children as young as 3 and 4 are now on mobile devices, and accessing the internet, so it has become more important than ever for a parent to be able to restrict the content your children can see and access. And not only for younger kids either – social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter can now expose children to all types of unsavoury content and people.
Giving your kid access to their own mobile phone or tablet can be seen as a frightening, potentially harmful, action. Thanks to the ongoing progression in parental controls, it has now become as innocent as giving them a skipping rope.
Talk to your Child
When your kid gets their mobile device, the most important first step is talk them through it. Make sure they realize that this is an adult piece of equipment and has to be used responsibly.
You might want to read our article Choosing a Mobile Phone for your child, which outlines agreeing mobile guidelines with your child, before you even purchase the phone, such as appropriate language, phone usage, camera usage, and which features you might want to disable etc.
Tell them no matter what they see, send or get involved with on their phone that it is okay to talk to you about it and that you will help them – it’s key that you try maintain a ‘discuss anything’ policy.
It is important, that you as the parent are aware of the main threats for children on mobile devices.
1. Accessing Inappropriate Websites
Depending on the age of your child, you should discuss with your child which sites are harmful or inappropriate and thus not allowed. However for some kids, banning a site outright might pique their curiosity, so a system that allows you as a parent to block access to these types of sites is crucial for any parental controls system.
2. Sexting or Photo Sharing
This refers to the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phones. A study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy showed that 20% of teens have sent/posted nude/semi-nude photos of themselves.
Apart from inappropriate apps, you need to be aware of the possibility of your child racking up large costs, either buying apps, or with in-app purchases. It is important to switch off in-app purchases on their mobile device, and if they want to buy music or movies you may want to give them iTunes vouchers as part of their allowance.
You might also like 10 Tips for Practical Internet Safety for Kids
Set Up Parental Controls
For peace of mind, you should set up parental controls on your child’s phone. MobileMinder lets parents set up controls on up to 5 devices, which will allow you to block unsuitable apps, see where your child is 24/7, view their photo gallery, web history and app usage, and lots more too.
With the MobileMinder app on your kid’s phone you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your child is protected from cyberbullying, sexting, harmful websites and apps, getting lost or abducted, and has the ability to signal they need help by sending their geo location to you.
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- Go to the Google Play Store and download MobileMinder- No.1 Android Parental Control App onto their phone.
- Then sign up to MobileMinder on our website on your own phone or desktop, or through the application. Fill in your details and login.
- You will then be asked to link your child’s phone to your account. Just enter the email address you used to sign up.
- It’s that easy! You will also receive the first 14 days of MobileMinder absolutely FREE!
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