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4 Devices That Will Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Considering buying new technology for your kids this holiday season?  You’ll want to check out these 4 devices that will help keep your kids safe online!

Getting Your Kids New Technology for The Holidays?

4 Devices That Will Keep Your Kids Safe Online

 

Hey Everyone!

It’s hard to believe we’re at the start of another Holiday Season.  If you’re a parent who is thinking of purchasing a new Apple or Android smartphone or tablet, then you probably want to set up parental controls and content filtering on the device to prevent your child from being exposed to undesirable content on the Internet. Smart devices make great gifts, but there are things on the Internet that I’m sure you don’t want your kids to see.

There are many web sites promoting violence, hate, and pornography. There is also the threat of online predators and cyber bullies. You can’t supervise every moment that they’re surfing the Web.  With the help of parental control devices, you can filter out unwanted content, limit screen time, and in some cases, monitor social media accounts. Before you get your kid a smart device for the holidays, consider these devices:

Kurio Brand of Products 

From tablets to smartphones to smartwatches, Kurio has you covered.  With devices that offer your kids the flexibility to play games, watch video, make their own movies and create documents with Microsoft Office. Parents get the peace of mind with Kurio products because these devices have built in parental controls that allow you to control what apps your kids use and what places they visit on the Internet. Our boys have Kurio tablets and they enjoy them.

Kindle Fire Kids Addition 

 Everyone loves Kindle Fire and now Amazon has their Kid’s addition Fire.  The latest version of the Fire promises robust parental controls while still offering your kids the flexibility to download the hottest apps. The tablet comes with a protective case that keeps it safe if your child drops it.  Amazon also offers 2 worry free guarantees.  Your kid damages the tablet, they will replace it for free.

Circle with Disney 

Circle easily connects to your home wi-fi and allows you to control all of your kid’s connected devices. Once it’s installed, you can limit screen time, filter content, and set a bedtime for every device in the home.  The accompanying app, allows you to create unique profiles for each of your children.

TeenSafe 

 The app made by parents for parents.  TeenSafe offers comprehensive coverage for your kid’s devices.  It allows you to monitor such things such as social media interactions, phone messages, text messages and even their location. If your teen gets out of line and isn’t using their phone or tablet appropriately, you can block everything except basic features.

Check Your Devices Settings

If you don’t want to shell out extra money for child safe devices or for parental control apps, you can manually modify your smart devices to keep your kids safe.

Android Parental Controls 

Android devices allow you to set up restricted profiles to limit what content your kids can access.  To set up one, do the following:  First, open the Settings menu of your device, then Scroll down and tap “Users”, then tap ‘Add a restricted user profile’, next name the profile., finally select apps to enable for the profile, finally,

iOS Parental Controls 

You can use restrictions as parental control on iOS devices. To set up Restrictions on your iPhone, touch “Settings,” choose “General,” and then select “Restrictions.” You’ll be prompted for a PIN that gives you access to enable or disable “Restrictions.” There you can turn off any features you want — for example, Siri. Then scroll down to the section “Allowed Content.” This is the place to choose individual limits on what types of content can be downloaded

Parents, apps and technology can protect your kids from a lot of the harmful stuff out there, but parental control can’t catch everything. You ultimately have to be the one who makes sure they are staying safe on the Internet. The biggest threat on the Internet today is parents that do not get involved in their children’s use of technology. Put your hands on your kid’s devices to verify they are being responsible with them.  Never allow devices to stay in kid’s rooms overnight and put limits on daily technology use.  30 mins a day is the recommended use.

How else can you keep up with the latest tech tips and cyber security alerts?

Subscribe to my YouTube channel ‘Burton Kelso’. There are hundreds of videos designed to help you get the most out of the technology you use in your home or business.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com


4 Tips to Help Your Family Prepare for Smartphones and Tablets

Howdy, Kansas City! Our society has an abundance of ways to stay connected and entertained. As your kids age, they’re bound to want a smartphone, tablet, or use yours (sigh..). Burton Kelso, a local tech expert, has a few tips to help prepare your family when it comes to all those gadgets. Take a look…

4 Tips to Help Your Family Prepare for Smartphones and Tablets

 

4 Tips to Help Your Family Prepare for
Smartphones and Tablets

 

All children are curious and as my boys aged, they became curious about the smartphone and tablet I use to check e-mail and surf the web. It wasn’t long before I relented and gave them tablets of their own. As a parent, at some point you will be faced with the decision if you should give your child access to technology. While there are definite benefits, there are downsides. So is your kid ready? Are you ready? Here are some things to consider before you give your children access to technology.

 

#1 Do Your Homework.

 

The upside is technology brings big benefits. With access to technology, children gain access to educational apps, chat apps to connect with friends and family and the wealth of information that is on the web. The downside is technology can also give your child access to distracting games and social media apps where sexting and cyberbullying can occur. Take the time to find out what apps your child should use and which ones they need to avoid. Just because your child wants to play with a particular app, doesn’t mean they should. Of course child can still have access to the tools that a smartphone and tablet offer through a computer, but the difference is a mobile devices go with your child everywhere, which means it could put their technology use out of your supervision. If technology is confusing to you, don’t be ashamed. Reach out to someone who is familiar with children and technology to help you make the right choices.

 

#2 Is your child responsible? 

 

Is your child responsible with the technology you have in your home?  Do they turn off electronics when they are done?  Are they responsible enough to put away DVDs when they are dong watching them?  Is your child good about following rules you’ve set in other areas, like television use, homework, and bedtimes? Is your child well organized or absent-minded?  It’s easy to spot the signs once you start looking. If they aren’t, then you need to wait awhile to allow them their own tech devices. My opinion is this: No child under the age of 5 years old should be given access to technology. As far as a smartphone, no child under the age of 13 should have his own smartphone

 

#3 Take Baby steps with Tech. 

 

If you get tired of your children using your tech and you find yourself wanting to purchase a smartphone or tablet for your child, start with something small. Don’t rush out and purchase the most expensive tech out on the market. If the device is ruined, you will have to purchase another device as most companies design mobile technology devices to be replaced rather than to be repaired. We get calls daily from parents who are shocked to learn that the tech device damaged by a child is cheaper to replace than to repair. The average cost of repair for most mobile devices is $200.   I would recommend purchasing a Kurio Smartphone and Tablet. Both devices are modified Android products designed for school age kids. They both have built in parental controls which allows parents to limit access to non kid friendly apps.  The phone has GPS location services allowing you to keep track of your child. Both devices are durable and affordable starting at $99. I recommend staying away from iPad/iPhone devices and Samsung/LG Android devices until your kids are teenagers as they offer very little to no parental controls.

 

#4 Remember to Set Rules.

 

This is a big one. When you make the move to allow technology in the hands of your child, set rules. Make sure that the tablet or phone charges overnight in your bedroom, eliminating the possibility of late-night texting or gaming. Talk about what types of apps are okay to download and how to surf the Internet safely, make sure that they understand who it is OK to communicate with and more importantly, with whom it’s not OK, that they understand what is OK to share online and what is not OK, which pictures are OK to share and which are not.  Finally, if you find you’re struggling to get your child to follow the rules, take the device away until they can prove they are mature enough use it.

 

Burton Kelso is the Owner and Chief Technology Expert at Integral, an on-site technology repair company for consumers and businesses. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Better Kansas City, KC Live and the FOX 4 morning show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, and gadgets. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com