Hey guys,

I hope you are well.

Many children received Android tablets as gifts this Christmas—a great gateway to knowledge and entertainment, but also a portal to the vast world of the internet. While the web is full of wonder, it also has areas we’d rather keep our kids away from. As these devices are a big responsibility, it’s crucial to ensure they are used safely and responsibly. Here’s how you can create a balanced and secure digital environment for your young ones:

  • Initiate the Tech Talk:
    • Before your child starts using their new tablet, have an open conversation about internet safety.
    • Explain why some websites and content are off-limits.
    • Discuss the importance of keeping personal information private.
  • Install Kid-Friendly Browsers:
    • Choose browsers designed for children that filter out inappropriate content.
    • Offer a safe search environment.
  • Activate SafeSearch:
    • In the Google app or any search engines on the tablet, enable SafeSearch.
    • SafeSearch blocks explicit results.
  • Secure with Parental Controls:
    • Android tablets have parental control features.
    • Set these up immediately to manage and filter content access.
  • Limit Screen Time:
    • Use built-in features or apps to set daily screen time limits.
    • Ensure a balance between digital and real-world activities.
  • Regularly Check App Permissions:
    • Review permissions for each app.
    • Uninstall apps that request unnecessary access.
  • Monitor and Discuss Usage:
    • Regularly talk with your children about their online activities.
    • Stay involved and make learning about the digital world a shared experience.
  • App Selection:
    • Select educational and age-appropriate apps.
    • Encourage exploration of creative content for positive growth.
  • Educate on Digital Etiquette:
    • Teach respectful online behavior.
    • Discuss recognizing cyberbullying and the importance of kindness.
  • Stay Updated:
    • Keep the tablet’s software updated for security.
    • Regular updates can prevent vulnerabilities.

10 Practical Steps to Secure Your Child’s Android Tablet Right Now:

  1. Set a Strong Password or PIN.
  2. Update the Tablet’s Operating System.
  3. Install a Reputable Antivirus App.
  4. Enable Google Play Protect.
  5. Review and Restrict App Installations.
  6. Turn On Location Tracking.
  7. Set Up a Family Link Account.
  8. Disable In-App Purchases.
  9. Configure Privacy Settings.
  10. Create a Custom User Profile for Your Child.

Let’s remember, while tablets can open up new worlds for our children, it’s up to us to ensure those worlds are safe and enriching. After unwrapping the tech gifts, wrapping up their online safety is your next best step.

For all the kids who’ve received these wonderful devices for Christmas, let’s ensure they remain a source of joy and learning, not worry. The internet, as vast and educational as it can be, also requires us to be vigilant gatekeepers for our young ones’ digital journeys.

And remember, If you have any concerns or need personalized advice, our Privacy Care Team is here to help, 24/7. We’ve assisted over 70,000 individuals with their privacy queries, and we’re ready to support you too.

All the best, Max Roberts.