Keeping tabs on young children with so many opportunities for them to get onto social media, is always a concern for today’s parents. Andrew Bath, IT specialist, gives parents some tips on how to avoid the pitfalls.

 

  1. Screen time and how do I control it?

As one researcher noted “It’s simply too late to ‘put the digital genie back in the bottle,’.

Children are going to spend time on some form of digital screen and current research in the UK indicates that some screen time for your kids is not all bad. Encouraging and selecting the right content of screen time is key. There is a vast selection of educational content and apps to help develop young minds. If you want better control over their screen time and content, take a look at www.ourpact.com

 

  1. Android or Apple ?

Parents are bombarded with a large selection of brands, with the most common choice being either an Android (e.g. Samsung) or an Apple device. There are some key differences which might assist you when making a choice.

  • Android – has a far greater range of devices with various price points. Therefore has a

greater choice when shopping on a budget. Repairs are often cheaper. The Play Store also has a great variety of apps as there is less control over the submission of apps. However

this can also be a “bad” thing as apps with malicious codes can make their way into the store.

  • Apple – has a very tight, closed ecosystem which ensures all the apps in its app store are controlled and vetted. You are able to

implement controls on the phone/device to limit access to various functions i.e. disable internet browser.

 

  1. Safe internet browsing

How do I protect my kids from the nasty side of the internet? A practical solution is to start by placing the desktop or laptop in a common area where you can keep an eye on what your kids are doing online. To protect them from online content, go to www.k9webprotection.com or www.opendns.com for assistance.

 

  1. Laptop or Desktop?

Over the years the gap in costs between a laptop and desktop have decreased substantially. It comes down to personal preference but there are a few compelling points which lean towards a laptop A laptop is portable and can be used in various locations around the home; you can take it away with you; it takes up less space; is neater and your child can use it for school and/or tertiary               studies later on.

 

  1. Backup – why is this important?

People often   forget about the very valuable data sitting on their sitting on their home PC’s namely family photos and documents. It is critical to ensure your pictures and documents are backed up regularly and securely to protect against theft and or hardware failure. Using a remote backup service   is simple, automatic and cost effective.

 

            Andrew Bath – IT Specialist (IT Works)

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