Human life constantly changes over time. Mobile phones were previously seen only among a few high-class people and were considered something lavish. Today, even young kids and school-going children are found busily chatting away on their mobile phones. Now kids as young as seven and eight too have started owning a mobile phones.
Children have started carrying mobile phones to their schools, which is causing indiscipline in the class. The environment in the class is disturbed as they talk on the phone and send messages during school hours. Some children are also caught playing games on their mobile phones during class hours. The addiction to mobile phones is affecting their attention span.
Mobile phones have a major effect on children and can bring about undesirable changes in their lifestyles. These children become so obsessed with their phones. They are constantly checking messages and their social media accounts and do not do the important things that they are supposed to do. There are high chances of misuse of the mobile phone by children who have them.
We live in a world where dangers are lurking at every step. So, many incidents of crime against children can be marked every day. Parents of children having mobile phones must take some steps to ensure the safety of the child. Parents should warn and keep children aware of various mobile phone crimes.
Try the Family Link parental controls app from Google. Whether your children are young or in their teens, the Family Link app lets you remotely set digital ground rules from your own device to help guide them as they learn, play, and explore online. For children under the age of 13 (or the applicable age of consent in your country).
Family Link also lets you create a Google Account for your child that’s like your account, with access to most Google services. Set screen time limits, manage apps, and view app activity for your kid’s device.
With Family Link parental controls, you can:
• View their app activity − Not all screen time is the same. Help your child make healthy decisions about what they do on their Android device, with activity reports showing how much time they’re spending on their favorite apps. You can see daily, weekly or monthly reports.
• Manage their apps − Handy notifications let you approve or block apps that your child wants to download from the Google Play Store. You can also manage in-app purchases and hide specific apps on their device, all remotely from your own device.
• Feed their curiosity − It can be hard to decipher which apps are right for your child, so Family Link shows you teacher-recommended apps on Android that you can add directly to their device.
• Set limits − It’s up to you to decide the right amount of screen time for your child. Family Link lets you set time limits and a bedtime for their supervised devices, so you can help them find a good balance.
• Lock their device − Whether it’s time to go and play outside, have dinner or just spend time together, you can remotely lock a supervised device whenever it’s time to take a break.
• It’s helpful to be able to find your child when they’re on the go. You can use Family Link to help locate them as long as they’re carrying their Android device.
• While Family Link helps you manage your child’s purchases and downloads from Google Play, they won’t need the approval to install app updates (including updates that expand permissions), apps that you have previously approved, or apps that have been shared in Family Library. Parents should regularly review their child’s installed apps and app permissions in Family Link.
• You should carefully review the apps on your child’s supervised device and disable those that you don’t want them to use. Note that you may not be able to disable some pre-installed apps.
• To see the location of your child or teenager’s device, it must be powered on, recently active, and connected to the Internet.
• Teacher-recommended apps are only available on Android devices in the US and to parents of children of certain ages.
• While Family Link provides tools to manage your child’s online experience, it doesn’t make the Internet safe. Instead, it is intended to give parents choices about how their children use the Internet and to encourage conversations about Internet use.
More and more experts are warning about the disastrous and negative effects that a mobile phone can have on the physical and mental health of young kids. So, do take all the precautionary measures before you hand the mobile phone to your children.