Keeping our kids safe online is obviously a fairly high priority for me. I have written of many things we as parents can do to help as well as many of the devices we can take advantage of to help us out. But we also have technology and devices which whilst not as precious to us as our own offspring, can still be a rather expensive commodity which we sometimes need to protect from our children.
Here are 5 ways you can help keep both your kids safe online as well as keep your devices safe from your kids!
1. Cybersafe 24/7
I have written before about the benefits of Cybersafe 24/7. I use this wireless modem in my own household and I am convinced it is the best way to keep my kids from searching and stumbling upon inappropriate material whilst they are in our home. I can monitor what they are looking at with every device, including computers, iPod touches, iPads and even the Wii. I can also customise each device by blocking whatever searches I deem necessary. I can limit time allowed on certain sites and can even stipulate the hours these sites are available. So basically any device that is connected via your home wireless network can be made completely safe.
2. B-Lock Case
This B-Lock case is really an iphone cover that you can use all the time but it has a tab that can be flicked over to disable the home button. Kids are therefore able to use the apps but it prevents them from leaving the app and browsing the internet, deleting photos or making phone calls! This is a really affordable option at $14.99 and is available online with free postage.
3. Apptivity Case
These products are aimed at protecting your expensive devices whilst still letting your kids enjoy the benefits of great educational and interactive apps. The Fisher Price Apptivity Case is fantastic for my 3 year old and the 1 year old who is a little tech obsessed. The Apptivity Case allows you to put your iPad in the protective cover which not only helps prevent smashes from dropping, but is also dribble and teething proof and again has the ability to disable the home button.
4. The Laugh and Learn Apptivity Monkey
This is another Fisher Price product that safely houses the iPhone (3, 4 and 4s) or iPod Touch, and again allows them to be played whilst disabling the home button. Once again you can rest assured your device is safe from smashes, dribbles and deleting. The monkey can also be played on its own without the device as it comes with songs and early literacy language and number phrases.
Here are some photos of my boys enjoying the Fisher Price products, of which I have one of each to give away!
5. Follow The Modern Parent!
Slightly tongue in cheek but if you continue to read I shall continue to research both personally and professionally all that I can to help us all keep our kids safe as we continue to live in an age of advancing technology. So follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or subscribe to my blog via email.
And if you would like to win one of the great Apptivity cases, either the iPad case (valued at $39.00) or the Monkey iphone case (valued at $59.00), then follow on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me how you keep your kids or your devices safe from one another!
Competition closes 5pm AEST December 14th 2012 and is open to Australian residents only.
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