Connected Kids and Phones
Many kids carry phones but smartphones also run apps for interactive games that can share locations and a lot more that you probably don’t want to be shared.
- Know the apps: Be aware of the apps your kids use. Make sure they are only downloaded from reputable app stores and check their privacy disclosures and settings.
- Be location savvy: Apps that share your location with friends and family can be great, but be sure only the right people can find out where you are.
- Lock your phone: Make sure that you have a secret PIN (personal identification number), a password, fingerprint setting or other security measures in place so that only you can access your phone.
- Know how to locate and wipe your phone: There are free tools like Apple’s iCloud Find my Phone and Google’s Android Device Manager that will help you find your device (if it’s turned on) or wipe it clean if it’s lost.
For more cell phone safety tips, see Tips for Smart Cellphone Use, A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones and the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Safety Tips for Mobile Devices.