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Kids' Phone Safety Blog

Smartphones and Tablets Hit Back to School List

September 1, 2015
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The summer is over and it’s time for kids to get back to school. And it’s the right time for parents to think about child protection and online security. Thus, you will prevent you loved ones from many perils in advance.

The number one source of danger children may come across in 2015 is closely connected with this year’s back to school list. As the statistics shows, 56% of parents are going to spend more money to prepare their kids for school comparing with 2014. Thus, an average family will spend as much as $800 per kid. At least $200 of the price will fall at mobile devices parents plan to buy their children. But where come smartphones and tablets there comes the issue.

Cyberbullying, online predators, sexting, and child abuse – all these threats watch for a chance to attack kids as soon as they enter the Internet. Facebook, Instagram, Kik, Viber, Skype, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and many more other social applications have proved to be dangerous for the underage and must be childproof.

Thus, the first thing a careful parent should consider getting a child off to school with a smartphone in hands is parental control software. Pumpic will protect you kids and let you ensure their safety remotely at any time you need.

Pumpic App Protects Your Kids at School

Remember that smartphones are dangerous for children not without a reason. As long as cyberbullying remains the number one factor of teenage suicide, until kids take sexting as a normal course of communication, letting them use mobile devices and the Internet without supervision is out of the question.

Please consider the following steps to secure your child on a smartphone:

Keep and eye on calls and text messages. View communication data. Monitor who calls your child, sends MMS, SMS, and iMessages. Prevent your kid from contacting or being contacted by strangers Additionally, the block list option will let you prevent misgiving people from reaching your child in future.

Look through multimedia files. Children love to take photos and shoot videos. Check your kid’s photo and video libraries so as to make sure there are no nude, sexually suggestive, or violent content. Note that statistically about 28% of teens have sent explicit pictures of themselves to others.

Monitor browsing history and bookmarks. There is a whole lot of inappropriate content on the Internet. Check websites your kids visit and mark as favorite ones to prevent them from reading texts containing bad words, watching violent and explicit videos, viewing 18+ photos. In addition, block websites you consider harmful.

Control downloaded applications. Check which apps your children download from App Store and Google Play. There are many adult games and services your kids are not supposed to use. Block inappropriate applications. Set time limits so as to prevent your children from wasting time while doing homework or playing games during classes.

Track your child’s location. Use Pumpic GPS location tracker to find out where your kids are right now and view the entire route history (the whole list of places they have visited lately). It will be helpful if you cannot reach your kid on the phone and worry about where he or she is. In addition, you will be able to check whether your child is at school, home or any other place he or she is supposed to be at the moment.

Set geo-fences. Specify safety zones and restricted areas on the map and receive notification once your kid leaves them or enters. Thus, you will always know when your children leave schools and come back home. You will also find out if your kid breaks your bans and visit places you have forbidden to visit.

Protect your kids on social networks and online chats. 92% of teens use smartphones to go online. They do it daily and mostly to like and share on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc.) and chat via online chats (Viber, Kik, WhatsApp, Skype etc.) Importantly, most social applications are restricted for kids under 13, but it doesn’t keeps them from using them. Almost all of them are known for cyberbullying and online predator attacks, but it seems to be not enough for parents to not allows children use social media.

Since there is nothing to be done, parents should at least monitor child online activity. Thus, you will never miss if something happens to your child and be able to intervene before it’s too late.

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