Technology is ingrained in the lives of our children. That’s why protecting your devices is important.
Whether it’s their laptop, tablet, or phone, our current generation of kids spend more time on their devices than any of their predecessors.
It’s impossible to monitor everything they get up to with their devices, so you need to make sure that you have the best protection in place. By doing so, you can make sure they don’t damage their prized possessions or view anything inappropriate.
But how exactly can you achieve ultimate levels of protection?
Make A Start with Anti-Virus Software
Anti-virus software is particularly vital when your child becomes of an age where a laptop or computer is a necessity for schoolwork.
In their youth, they won’t have yet developed the same exposure to online material as adults.
Therefore, they will be much less likely to be able to spot phishing attacks, suspicious links or the dangerous levels of personal data they have to enter in order to download a game or an app.
This is where rock-solid anti-virus programs such as McAfee, Bitdefender, and Kaspersky can help. They protect your children from making rookie errors with their clicks and they terminate viruses in their tracks without the need for any further instruction.
Install Parental Controls to Limit Their Browsing
As we all know, the internet is one of the only completely unregulated aspects of modern society left.
It seems that we are always only a few clicks away from viewing something that is completely inappropriate for our children. So how can you stop them from accidentally (or purposely) viewing online material that they shouldn’t be?
Available for almost any operating system for cell phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop, this cool piece of software automatically blocks anything that’s inappropriate viewing for your little ones. Even in private browsing mode.
But that’s just the start.
Qustodio allows you to become the NSA within your own home by allowing you to track your kid’s social activity on apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. You can also view texts, calls, and block numbers of any unsavory characters.
However, my favorite feature of Qustodio is that it allows you as a parent to finally get a grip on screen time by including a setting that limits usage across of all your children’s devices.
This is great for teaching kids about budgeting, except in this instance they are budgeting their screen time, not their money!
Physical Protection Is a Must
It’s great to have virtual protection in place, but if your children manage to regularly inflict physical damage on their devices, then the time and money you’ve saved will quickly pale into insignificance compared to the cost of repairs and replacements.
This is why it’s so crucial to buy physical protection for all of your major devices, so that when accidents do happen, it’s not the end of the world.
For example, this iPhone X case offers both sturdy and lightweight protection with a tempered glass screen protector to defend against cracks and scratches. Whereas this super rugged tablet case will prevent any accidental drops from causing any damage whatsoever.
With so many different devices on the market, I’ll leave you to do your own research on which products provide the best protection for the specific brands of devices contained within your household.
Don’t Leave Device Protection to Chance
Our children are going to the first growing up in a world where they are unaware of what life was like before smartphones and tablets.
While their aptitudes with these new technologies can present problems for mothers, if you’re proactive in your approach, you can simply set and forget with most software.
This allows you to leave your children to enjoy their (or your) devices safe in the knowledge that they won’t either ruin it or view something totally inappropriate.
I personally recommend Qustodio as it has worked wonders with my little boy. While it has blocked anything I have deemed inappropriate without fail it, it has also taught him the valuable lesson of how to budget his limited screen time.
Have you had any experience with parental control apps? What about anti-virus software? Let me know your experiences in the comments below!