I’ve had a few interesting conversations with people this week about kids and tech. As a result, I’ve got a useful tip for you about keeping your kids safe and also keeping them in line.
Hide your passwords from your kids.
I have a friend with a 4-year-old who loves watching videos about the game Minecraft. His parents have wisely set up parental restrictions on the tablet he uses. Where he can go online, how long he can watch, and what hours of the day he’s allowed to watch are strictly controlled.
Last week, he got pretty upset when his viewing time shut off at 7 p.m. His dad found him watching well after he was allowed. He informed his father that he’d “tricked the Kindle” into letting him watch. The trick involved logging on to his dad’s profile and putting in his father’s passwords.
Even little kids these days are tech savvy. This kid was only watching more videos, but a child who is able to get onto your account could also manage to visit inappropriate sites on the Internet, interact with strangers, and even make online purchases on your accounts or download apps.
Another friend of mine had the experience of her very precocious three-year-old daughter ordering a ton of toys from Amazon. Her grandmother gave her a tablet to play a game on. This tablet was set up for one-click purchasing through the Amazon app. The little girl opened the Amazon app and started tapping on toys she liked and selecting “buy.”
Two days later boxes of toys arrived at the door. Needless to say, they had a lot of returns to do.
Little kids remember a lot more than you think. They’ve grown up using this type of tech, so it’s as natural to them as blocks and alphabet boards were to previous generations.
So, don’t let your kids see you log in. Also, don’t ever save time and just give them your password so they can log on to something. They’ll remember it and use it when you don’t want them to.
Also, make sure that other people who spend time with your kids or grandkids know the rules. No giving out passwords to kids. No bypassing parental controls.
This can protect your kid and your wallet.