Mobile PhoneIn this article, I have listed some easy ways to prevent your children from doing anything mischievous on your phone.

A smartphone has got to be one of the best toys in the world. It looks cool, it gives you access to the web and it’s filled with great games and features.

You’ll probably be excited when you get a new one, and so you shouldn’t be surprised if your kids feel the same way. When they see you with a high-end smartphone playing games, chatting on the go and browsing maps, they’re going to want in on the action. Saying ‘no’ will of course only make the gadget all the more desirable, so eventually you’ll be forced to give in. The question is, is your phone kid-safe? Read on to find out whether it is, and how to fix it if the answer is no…

Adult Content

Worst case scenario when you hand your children your phone is that they somehow manage to find adult-rated content. No one wants that, which is why most mobile phone companies will restrict access to adult sites as default. That won’t be enough if you’re on WiFi though, or if you chose to bypass those settings, so you need to make sure that you have some kind of filter on before you hand it over.

Adult Content

In-App Purchases

It’s not just your children you need to worry about when you give a sprog your phone, it’s also your bank account. This is particularly true if they’re playing a ‘free to play’ game that has in-app purchases. These allow the player to buy things like extra lives for a very small fee, but are designed to encourage the user to do so. The scary part? While your children can’t do this without your permission, they also only need you to put in your details once in order to gain unlimited access. The best solution then is to completely turn off in-app purchases which you can usually do in your phone’s settings.

Likewise you also need to ensure that they can’t buy apps or other things, so these are settings you also need to look at.

In-App Purchases

Texting

A child can also actually cause a fair amount of damage by texting your friends and colleagues, and while they might not do this on purpose, it’s all too easy for them to send a garbled message when trying to access other functions. The solution? Just put your phone in Airplane mode before handing it over.

Texting

Physical Damage

A phone can also cause physical damage or be damaged physically. Whether that’s because your child is eating it, banging it against the table or throwing it on the floor. Either way, to avoid this problem you should look into investing in the most durable case and screen protector possible, and making sure that this also softens any sharp corners.

Physical DamageThese are just a few ways you can make your phone safer for kids. Note though that if you want to go further, you can find plenty of apps in the Play/iTunes store which will help you to add more fine-tuned controls and even change the whole look and feel of your phone.

Article WritingThe author of this article is Joseph Geller, an employee at WantBuyLetBuy.com, online retailers of bumper case for iPhone 5. A tech enthusiast, Joseph is a regular feature at local gadget exhibitions.

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