Smart Phone Safety Tips

Smartphones have completely changed from the way cellphones used to be. Now with the ability to access the internet 24/7, different apps and sites designed for smartphones can be easy ways for scammers, hackers, predators, and cyber-bullies to get a hold of you and your child. 

From 2013 to 2015 there has been an increase of smartphone usage of 28%. With 91% of teens go online from mobile devices, 94% of them go on daily. Because of this, parents need to realize what their teen can access on a smartphone with the internet and apps, and can help their teens (and themselves) stay safe on the phone:

  • Pay attention to the apps your child uses. There are many type of "free chat room" apps that let them talk to strangers.
  • Get active with your child’s smartphone usage by using one yourself.
  • Most phone companies will let you set controls to the data usage for certain phones, letting you limit where your child can access the internet on their phones.
  • Whether it’s the phone or the computer, always be aware of what you are posting online; what you post on the internet never truly goes away!

Smartphone "Apps"

Smartphones use "Apps". Short for "Applications", different platforms require different apps. Two of the largest app stores, Apple and Google Play, have a combined total of 2.9 million apps and counting. Because of this it can be hard figuring out all of the different apps. Here are some brief explanations of the popular ones your child may be using.

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. Reddit
  4. Skype
  5. SnapChat
  6. Twitter

The Facebook app is essentially the mobile version the social networking site Facebook. People can post photos, comments, and more to others. Be aware of what your child posts and what their security settings are on Facebook. Make sure strangers can’t see their information and that they only are friends with people they know.