Have you ever seen a child glued to mobile device? Well, it’s quite a common sight now-a-days with mobile devices and tablets being no more a luxury but a necessity. Even children feel the need of using such devices as it helps them in interactive learning.
In this current scenario, parents need to keep a check on what activities are their kids performing on smart devices. Almost everything from using to social media to shopping, banking, playing games, watching movies and browsing useful information is possible on these devices.
Why is it Necessary to Impose Restrictions on Usage of Mobile and Tablets?
Problem: When you grant permission to your kids to use such devices, indirectly you are exposing them to things that they shouldn’t be accessing at that age. Being too liberal to kids with reference to accessing internet on mobile devices can have negative effects. They might pay less attention to studies and engage more in playing games or watching movies online, which is a bad practice in the long run.
Solution: Impose restrictions on what would your children be able to access on mobile phones. Handing over any smart device without such restriction is carelessness on behalf of parents. It is your duty to keep your children safe from the cons of internet world.
Consider you are handing over iPhone to your kid for his multipurpose requirement of learning as well as entertainment. In this case, you may grant him the permission to access just educational websites and learning mobile apps and block all other unnecessary stuff. It is done as follows:
Go to Settings, click on General and choose Restrictions.
This way you can disable the apps, features and functionalities that you do not want your kids to use. For example, you can choose whether to allow kids to use FaceTime, Camera, in-app payments and add or delete accounts.
In short, a safe and secured environment is created inside mobile phone for kids to use the device freely without any threat.
Internet, Phone and Messaging Restrictions
Depending on how old is your child, you may or may not allow him to access the browser. Even if you require the child to use the internet to complete his projects and home assignment, it can be done within restricted internet environment.
For example, some apps such as YouTube and few websites allow restricting content as per user’s demand to a certain extent. Another method is to give your child the freedom to use the internet in your presence. This ensures that he is not exposed to unwanted or dangerous stuff available online while you are away and unaware of it.
In the similar manner, you can decide whether to allow your child to make phone calls and send messages or not. One simple way to opt out of this situation is to not insert working SIM card in mobile device. With unavailability of network, children won’t be able to make any unnecessary phone calls neither would they receive fraud calls.
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Smart devices are not far from the reach of children. While they come with an array of opportunities to learn and grow, parents need to keep a check on the usage of these devices to avoid your children from adapting to the negatives of it. Impose required restrictions and help your child learn in an interactive way and enjoy the perks of digital age.