How to child-proof your technology: From protective covers to restrictions

Here's a guide to ensure your tech and your kids place nice together

As all parents will know it’s so very important to baby-proof your home as your child begins to move, but what about your technology? The tiny hands of kids today know that a swipe from left to right unlocks an iPad and that three taps gives them access to Netflix, so how can you protect your devices and kids from each other?

I think it’s good that children know how to use technology, but obviously recommend that it’s used in moderation and under supervision. In my opinion child-specific tablets are a waste of money. Kids outgrow them very quickly.

If you want to give your child their own tablet, I would recommend a 8.0 inch or 10.1 inch tablet and baby-proof it. It’s possible to get a cheap enough Android tablet that will allow the child to watch video content and play games - but will also last more than a year.

Some suggestions:

  • GoTab 7" Tablet | GT7X - €99
  • GoTab 8" Windows Tablet | GW8 - €149
  • iPad mini 2 WiFi | 16GB - €309

When you give a child a tablet; be that their own device or pass them your one, there are certain steps you should take.

If the device is an Android device:

  • Ensure you have a screen lock in place
  • Set up a second user on the device and enable content filtering
  • Password protect purchases - this will stop kids running up a huge bill in gaming apps
  • Kids Place - Parental control app - parents select what functions work on the table

 If it's an Apple device

  • Turn on restrictions
  • Disable YouTube
  • Turn off in-app purchases
  • Guided Access

Some tips:

  • Get a sturdy case - Otterbox are heavy duty and are fantastic. They have two layers; rubber and a shell. This means if the device is dropped, the case absorbs the shock and prevents breakage
  • Screen protector!! Tiny hands may be tiny, but can still do damage. Spend the money on a screen protector
  • If remote controls have a tendency to go walkies thanks to the small people in your house, download a smart remote app, pair it with you TV and that ensures you can will watch tele even if the remote has disappeared