Your child's smartphone is a wonderful tool for school, college or university. They'll be using it all the time to stay in touch with you, get directions, take photos and to find and manage information for their studies.
Here are a few tips and ideas so you can help them keep their smartphone, private data and precious photos safe and secure.
Create a strong lock screen password
If somebody can unlock your child's smartphone, they'll be able to access personal information, email accounts and any websites they automatically log in to.
One of the most important things to do is create a strong lock screen password so prying eyes can't access their personal data.
When creating a lock screen password, it's important to avoid an easy-to-guess code such as 1234 or 2580. Some smartphones will tell you if you choose a code that's too easy to guess, but not all.
If their smartphone gives the option to use a 6-digit passcode, or a passphrase that uses letters and numbers, it's a really good idea to do so. Better still, if it has a fingerprint reader, encourage them to use that as the way to unlock their phone.
You can read more about creating passwords for all their online activity in our passwords article.
Insure their smartphone
Smartphones are expensive to fix or replace, and it's a fact of life that they get dropped, lost, stolen or dropped in the bath. Better to be safe than sorry and take out insurance.
If the smartphone is less than 6 months you'll find plenty of insurance options. It's worth visiting sites such as www.moneysavingexpert.com and www.moneysupermarket.com as they offer a range of alternatives so you can pick an insurance policy that's best for your needs and budget.
Protect their smartphone
Modern smartphones don't appreciate being bounced across the floor, but accidents do happen. It's well worth investing in a sturdy, shockproof case for their smartphone. Many are now waterproof as well, providing even better protection.
Help them find their lost smartphone
Modern smartphones include functions to help you locate them if they get lost. It's important to make sure these functions are activated now, so they'll be ready to use when required.
Back up their photos
Android, iPhone and Windows Phone all have easy ways to automatically backup precious photos and videos, just in case their smartphone gets lost, stolen or damaged.
Android users backup to Google Photos Library
Sign in with a Google Account.
- Open the Google Photos app.
- Tap the Menu icon.
- Tap 'Settings' > 'Back up & sync'.
- Turn it on.
- Tap 'Settings' > '[your name]' > 'iCloud'. Or tap 'Settings' > 'iCloud'.
- Tap 'Photos'.
- Turn on iCloud Photo Library.
Windows Phone users backup to OneDrive
- Tap 'OneDrive' > the Menu icon > 'Settings'.Tap 'Photos'.
- Tap 'Camera upload' and turn it on.