It’s nearly impossible denying your children their own smartphones these days. Everyone wants their own gadgets which they can use to get in touch with their friends. However, we all know that there are some real dangers that come with the use of smartphones. There are many apps that can put your child’s privacy in danger, and promote cyberbullying and sexting as well.
Give them your own device
One way to keep them safe is to share a device with them. One of the best features of Android Lollipop, Google’s latest update, is that you can use multiple profiles on the same phone. Parents can thus create a profile for their child on their own phone, and control which apps their children can use while using the phone or what they are texting.
This keeps parents in the loop as to what their children are doing and gives them the peace of mind that their children are not using dangerous apps, or walking around playing Pokemon Go uncontrollably.
Put a Password on your Google Wallet
Many kids make purchases through the Play Store without realizing how much the apps cost. This has led to many parents receiving huge credit card bills. To keep this from happening, put a password lock on your child’s Google Play Store. This will ask your child for a password every time they try to purchase something using your card, so that you are the only person who authorizes payment.
Monitor their Phone
If you are a little too worried about your child’s safety, or maybe if your child insists on getting his or her own phone, then you can always use a powerful spy app to keep an eye on their activities. You will be able to see the messages, calls, app lists, contacts, and even the location of the device, along with much more using one of the many apps available.