“Dream about the future, and you’ll always see them filled with gadgets.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Where’s the lie though? We are surrounded by technology and gadgets. Scientists and inventors are working hard every day to give society an innovation that can make life more effortless and relaxing. The truth of today is that gadgets surround us. Nobody and deny that. Perhaps there is no need to deny that.
In fact, to prove it to you, you are reading this article using your mobile, tablet, or laptop. Correct?
If we are able to do something challenging in seconds, it is because of technology. So, whether it is about using a calculator for maths or using video calls to stay in touch with your beloved family and friends, everything is a lot easier than it used to be 20 or 30 years ago. And we all should feel grateful for that.
That being said, let’s focus on the quote written above again. It has two words that caught our attention, i.e., “Future” and “Gadgets.” So if we relate this statement with “Kids are the future,” it made us a bit worried. Why? The reason being is that for kids, gadgets are only for fun.
They don’t understand that these devices cost thousands of dollars and need to be used with proper care. Besides, it is not possible to keep them away from the devices. As they’ll grow, they need them to enhance their skills and knowledge. That’s why you need to ensure that whatever device you buy, you make it child-proof.
Now, the burning question is- How? Well, one thing is for sure that it is not rocket science; hence you need not take a lot of stress about it. Just continue reading this article, and you’ll learn how you can protect your devices from kids.
Set passwords on all your devices
The first and foremost thing to do is to set passwords on every device. It will not only protect your devices from kids, but in case they get lost somewhere, or if someone stole it, all your crucial information would stay protected. So make sure to set a strong password. Why? A strong password? Because kids nowadays are very smart. If you set a password that is your name or birthday, or as simple as 123456, they will for sure crack it.
Thus keep a password that is not easy to crack.
Always keep a backup of your work.
You use your phone and laptop for several things. Be it office work or some personal work. So, when you give your kids your computer or phone, make sure that you have saved all the work you have done. Because there are chances that your child might delete it while playing. And if you don’t have any backup saved with you, it can create huge trouble for you.
Moreover, Sometimes it becomes quite challenging to recover the deleted files. That’s why you should always keep a backup. Use cloud storage, and don’t forget to encrypt the saved data.
Create an extra layer of protection
Let’s accept this harsh truth that seeing your phone fall is the saddest thing ever. For those milliseconds, it feels like everything in the world should stop so that you can catch your smartphone and save it. But sadly, it is not possible. And you can’t do anything once it falls.
That’s why you need to keep the phrase “Prevention is better than cure” in your mind. And use phone cases so that even if it falls, it stays safe. It is one of the best measures that you must follow when giving your smartphone to the kids. As they tend to throw things for fun, but this type of fun can cause you a significant amount of loss, especially if the mobile is brand new.
Don’t give the device when they are eating or drinking
There is no hidden secret that liquids are bad for electronics. You know it, and that’s why you make sure to keep your gadgets away from all the liquid substances. However, kids are not aware of this fact. Moreover, it’s in their nature to try out the things that they are told not to. Because they need to satisfy their curiosity.
That’s why whenever they are around water or any liquid (including food also), you should never give them any gadget. As a matter of fact, it will be more beneficial for you if you can teach them the reason behind not using mobile while eating or drinking. Your logical explanation will help them understand, and they might not give it a try.
Sign out from all the shopping apps
Another thing that you can do to make your devices child-proof is to either uninstall all the shopping and money transfer applications or sign out of them. The reason behind this is that, generally, all your information is saved in the devices, especially your credit or debit card and net banking information, so kids can by mistake click on purchase buttons and make a transaction.
You might think it is absurd, but the truth is that this kind of incident has happened in the past with many people. Therefore, you shouldn’t take it for granted and take precautions.
However, if you still don’t want to do that, because it is a hassle to add all the information back whenever you have to use the applications. What you can do is turn off in-app purchases. If you have iOS, then you can find it in the “Options” menu. And for the android users, they have to:
Go to “Google Play” > “Settings” > “User Controls” > “Set a pin for in-app purchases”
That’s all! It’ll help in preventing any unwanted monetary transaction from your device.
To sum it all up!
Using all the techniques we mentioned above, you’ll be able to safeguard your devices from your growing and curious kids. Moreover, these methods can also generally be used to protect your device from thefts and frauds. So, even when your kids grow up and learn how to use gadgets correctly, you can still follow these measures to keep your device safe.