8 questions to ask before you buy your child a phone, tablet or smart toy

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By Stephanie Yeo   — December 26, 2016

  • 1 / 8 1. Does it ask for personal information?

    How comfortable are you sharing your kid’s name, address, or profile photo?

    It’s important to monitor what your kid shares on the device as well.

    Related: My kids have no iPhone or iPad

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  • 2 / 8 2. Does it have a camera that can take photos or videos?

    Do you know where these are stored or who else can view them?

    Supervise your kid when posting images or videos.

    Related: Why cyber criminals love families with kids – and 3 things you must do to protect your children

     

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  • 3 / 8 3. Does it allow two-way voice communication?

    Does the platform allow you to restrict strangers from talking to your kid?

    Ask your kid to inform you if a stranger tries to contact them.

    Related: Webcam danger: feeds from Singapore homes found on surveillance website 

     

     

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  • 4 / 8 4. Does it use speech or facial recognition?

    Biometric data is unique to each kid. If compromised, that can be used to identify your kid.

    If the device collects biometric data, check if you can opt out.

    Related: 7 ways to protect your kid against predators  

     

     

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  • 5. Does it use GPS?
  • 6 / 8 6. Does it have a mic that can listen in to conversation?

    Do you know if it records audio data and if it does so when it’s not actively in use? 

    Disable the device’s microphone when not in use.

    Related: Social media dangers: 6 rules to keep your kid safe

     

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  • 7 / 8 7. Does it allow your kid to send and receive text messages?

    Does it let you filter the contact list to trusted people only?

    Filter your kid’s contact list on the device.

    Related: 10 tips for safe web-surfing

     

     

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  • 8 / 8 8. Does it process or store your kid’s data and activity in the cloud?

    How confident are you with the security of the gadget’s cloud provider?

    Be aware of how the device stores data in the cloud.

    You can also take Trend Micro’s quiz here to see how safe your chi;d’s smart device is.

    Related: My child has never played Pokemon Go, Minecraft, Playstation or Xbox 

      

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1. Does it ask for personal information? How comfortable are you sharing your kid’s name, address, or profile photo? It’s important to monitor what your kid shares on the device as well. Related: My kids have no iPhone or iPad 2. Does it have a camera that can take photos or videos? Do you know where these are stored or who else can view them?Supervise your kid when posting images or videos. Related: Why cyber criminals love families with kids – and 3 things you must do to protect your children   3. Does it allow two-way voice communication? Does the platform allow you to restrict strangers from talking to your kid?Ask your kid to inform you if a stranger tries to contact them. Related: Webcam danger: feeds from Singapore homes found on surveillance website      4. Does it use speech or facial recognition? Biometric data is unique to each kid. If compromised, that can be used to identify your kid. If the device collects biometric data, check if you can opt out. Related: 7 ways to protect your kid against predators       5. Does it use GPS? Do you know if it has safeguards to stop strangers from tracking your kid’s physical location? Adjust the device’s location settings to your preference. Related: Pros and cons: Should you give your child a mobile phone?   6. Does it have a mic that can listen in to conversation? Do you know if it records audio data and if it does so when it’s not actively in use?  Disable the device’s microphone when not in use. Related: Social media dangers: 6 rules to keep your kid safe   7. Does it allow your kid to send and receive text messages? Does it let you filter the contact list to trusted people only? Filter your kid’s contact list on the device. Related: 10 tips for safe web-surfing     8. Does it process or store your kid’s data and activity in the cloud? How confident are you with the security of the gadget’s cloud provider? Be aware of how the device stores data in the cloud. You can also take Trend Micro’s quiz here to see how safe your chi;d’s smart device is. Related: My child has never played Pokemon Go, Minecraft, Playstation or Xbox    

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