Consider parental controls on kids’ devices

Today’s kids have been surrounded by technology since birth. It makes sense that before they even reach high school, young kids may be ready for their own smart device. But before you hand your child his own device, consider these important control tips.

Add apps for blocking
Many apps are available to enable parental controls on your young child’s device. These apps can block inappropriate or adult sites or scams. Seek recommendations from family and friends or look for apps from your desktop security provider. 

Turn off in-app purchases
For many parents storing a credit card in the app store is a matter of purchasing convenience. However, you could find your child purchasing apps without your approval with your card. Instead, turn off in-app purchases in the device settings. This way your youth will have to ask you for permission and help downloading new apps.

Require a PIN
So-called “free-mium” games allow kids to start playing for free. Then payment is required to advance to the next level or buy more virtual candy, cars, etc. If you do save your card in the app, add a secret, secure PIN. This way you control when and if the app is upgraded.

Look for kid-safe browsers
Some browsers are made specifically for kids. In such a big online world, it can be difficult for kids to know what sites should be off-limits. Kid-safe browsers can filter out inappropriate sites, malware and more. It could also give you a greater level of comfort that your child isn’t seeing adult content.

Keep tabs on kids and devices
Set limits on the amount of time your child spends on the device alone. Have him show you how the games he’s playing work and what any paid upgrades will mean to the game as a whole. Also, use offline time to talk more about the games your child is playing and why.

Article provided by Local Government Federal Credit Union.