It should come as no surprise that children love computers.
They are easy to play with, they are everywhere and, of course, all of their friends have one!
For older children, buying a computer is easier – any device can have the appropriate security measures put in with ease, even by the most tech-phobic parent. But if your child is younger, you may also want them to get to grips with a tablet or other device, especially if they are eager to engage with them.
Suppose you have bought a device second-hand. How do you make it more child-friendly? Here are some tips to help you.
This is the first thing you should do with any device you give to your child. Consider why your child is using the tablet. Are they wanting to watch films? Or are they looking to learn for their education? Either way, put the appropriate security setting into place and make sure that they cannot override them! Many security features are now password encrypted. Which is now a common feature on even a standard Lenovo device. So, your children won’t be exposed to any content that is not age-appropriate for them.
You may have read about children purchasing things via a tablet or smartphone and costing their parents a pretty packet!
This is not due to a lack of parental security per se. It is to do with parental controls not being set.
For instance, the app store on a device or smartphone can have controls put in place, so your child will not be able to purchase an app that costs money. eBay and Amazon are the same. Many controls will not allow your children to buy things without your permission. Saving you from worry and potentially saving you money too!
Get a buffer
In this sense, a physical buffer around the device is preferred. Especially if you have young children.
This is because children knock into things, while also being prone to dropping things. So, having a tablet that is repeatedly dropped is going to break it if it isn’t protected. Getting a tablet guard or cover will help to keep the tablet functional. It may also be worth setting rules about where your child can use the tablet, that way the tablet will remain safe and your child will have some responsibility. Which is a good thing for confidence and development.
Having a separate account from your child or children is another step to take. That way, as the administrator, you can control what is on their account. This will prevent them from getting access to unsuitable online content, especially if it is through your adult account. This will also allow you to set timers and check what apps they have been using.
Do you want your child to brush up on their math through the use of a tablet? Or to improve their spelling? Then download the most suitable age-appropriate apps for them. This will keep them engaged with their education without them needing to search online and get distracted.
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