To survive the horrendously long flight we took to New Zealand this Christmas, I came up with a brilliant idea.
Rather than having the girls continually fighting over the Amazon Fire Kids’ tablet they shared, I’d give Big Sis the ‘grown-up’ one I didn’t use anymore, so they had one each.
Problem solved, right? Not quite.
A week or so into our trip Big Sis came to me with an awkward look on her face. ‘Mummy,’ she started. ‘Something weird is happening when I try to watch Sam & Cat on YouTube.’
I took the tablet out of her hands… to see an adult channel pop-up box filling the screen. When I closed it, another popped up; when I closed that, another one appeared. ‘We just keep seeing boobies,’ Lil Sis stated bluntly.
I finally got rid of them all, and deleted all the dodgy sites from the history so they couldn’t inadvertently click on them again. I breathed a sigh of relief, then got really annoyed with myself. I pretty much spend my entire life online and know all about the risks. And yet I’d failed to install any parental controls before leaving my girls to surf the entire world wide web without any supervision.
Bad Mummy moment.
It’s exactly this situation that Kaspersky hopes to eliminate with their SAFE KIDS app. Although our children are growing up in a tech-savvy world, they’re not mature enough to understand that some sites and pop-ups are most definitely NOT kid friendly.
Shockingly, in a European study of more than 5000 children, aged 10-15, Kaspersky uncovered some pretty scary statistics about what children are being exposed to on the internet. Over two-thirds of the children said they’d heard bad language on the internet, while a third said they had witnessed violence. More frighteningly, a quarter said they’d seem pornography online.
One-in-five children admitted their parents didn’t lay down any rules about how they used the internet at home, and two-thirds said they would knew how to hide their browsing from their parents.
By downloading Kaspersky Safe Kids on to your child’s phone, tablet or computer you can block sites and filter their web searches, removing the danger of them innocently clicking on adult or paid content.
All of these functions and features come FREE when you download the app, but you if you want to beef up the protection you can upgrade to the premium version, via in-app purchase.
From as little as £10.99 per year – less than one pound a month – you can install Safe Kids on an unlimited number of devices. You can also add it to your own phone too, and receive real-time alerts if your child attempts to access a restricted site. If you want to talk it over with your child, you’ll even have access to psychologist’s recommendations on how to best to broach the subject.
The app will monitor public posts and keep a log of the sites your child has accessed, so you can see at a glance how and where they are spending their time. It will let you know if the number of friends on your child’s account increases and will even show you your child’s location (by tracking the device) on a map.
Although it’s not a substitute for diligence and adult supervision, the Kaspersky Safe Kids app is an effective way to protect your children when you’re not able to watch over their shoulder, and also to guide them to make the right choices on their own.