Keeping Kids Safe with Mobile Devices

Farid is one of our Brentwood Community Office volunteers and he knows a few things about today’s tech devices.   The following is some of his research into ways to increase children’s safety while they are using mobile devices.    Farid can usually be found at the Community Police Office on Saturdays from 10-1pm – feel free to stop by and chat.      

Children, Teens and Mobile Use

Today, in our techno society, we are constantly bombarded with advertisements and can be easily influenced by them when it comes to new improved technology, gadgets or software applications (Apps). This has changed the way we communicate with each other. Having said that, technology can also be a double edge sword and it can work against us if we do not pay attention to how we are utilizing the technologies, gadgets and Apps. We could inadvertently be inviting the bad guys in to prey on us and giving them the opportunity to scam us.

So what can we do to ensure we are being smart about the information we are sharing? Here are some safety tips that you may want to follow and especially share these with your children:

  • Make sure the phone has a strong password and activate other security features before your child uses it.
  • Remind your child to think before they text. Messages can be misinterpreted and also forwarded.
  • Their mobile number should only be given out to people they know. Likewise, they should know not to share anyone else’s number without permission.
  • Tell your child to ignore messages from people they don’t recognize.
  • Be firm about the risks of meeting face-to-face with someone they met through text messaging. Ask that they tell you if they’re going to do this, and also where they plan to meet.
  • Make sure your child has someone’s permission before taking pictures or videos of them with their phone and vice versa.
  • Learn how to turn off geotagging on your child’s phone so that photos don’t reveal their location.
  • Make sure you know how to block others from calling your child’s phone. Using caller ID, you can block all incoming calls or block individual names and numbers.





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