As all parents will know it’s so very important to baby-proof your home as your child begins to move, but what about your technology? The tiny hands of kids today know that a swipe from left to right unlocks an iPad and that three taps gives them access to Netflix, so how can you protect your devices and kids from each other?
I think it’s good that kids know how to use technology, but obviously recommend that it’s used in moderation and under supervision. In my opinion child-specific tablets are a waste of money. Kids outgrow them very quickly.
If you want to give your child their own tablet, I would recommend a 8.0 inch or 10.1 inch tablet and baby-proof it. It’s possible to get a cheap enough Android tablet that will allow the child to watch video content and play games – but will also last more than a year.
- LG G Pad 8.0 16GB – €179
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 €219.01
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 16GB €249
When you give a child a tablet; be that their own device or pass them your one, there are certain steps you should take.
If the device is an Android device:
- Ensure you have a screen lock in place
- Set up a second user on the device and enable content filtering
- Password protect purchases – this will stop kids running up a huge bill in gaming apps
- Kids Place – Parental control app – parents select what functions work on the table
- Turn on restrictions
- Disable YouTube
- Turn off in-app purchases
- Guided Access
- Get a sturdy case – Otterbox are heavy duty and are fantastic. They have two layers; rubber and a shell. This means if the device is dropped, the case absorbs the shock and prevents breakage
- Screen protector!! Tiny hands may be tiny, but can still do damage. Spend the money on a screen protector
- If remote controls have a tendency to go walkies thanks to the small people in your house, download a smart remote app, pair it with you TV and that ensures you can will watch tele even if the remote has disappeared