Gone are the days of flip phones with keypads, their main drawcard the ability to play snake. Nowadays, you’d struggle to find a phone that isn’t connected to the internet, and while this brings a whole world of excitement and knowledge, it also creates risks, and especially so for children.
A 2020 study found that most children own a mobile phone by the age of seven, and mobile devices are the most common way children access the internet. In addition, 39% of the children surveyed said they could not live without their phones.
So, if they can’t live without their phones, they need to live with them – safely. However, while the desire to monitor your child’s phone activity is understandable, it can be hard to do so without feeling like you are invading their privacy.
To keep parents’ minds at ease and to instil good cyber hygiene practices in children from an early age, ESET Mobile Security (EMS) for Android comes with ESET Parental Control.
The app helps to keep your kids safe online and is available in both a free and premium version. Whether it’s suspicious texts or phishing scams, cyberbullying or limiting screen time, ESET Mobile Security means you can stay abreast of your child’s activities without having to confiscate or take their phone away, setting healthy boundaries for all involved.
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With the Application Guard feature, parents can manage the amount of time kids spend on apps and which ones they use. Learning which apps your children most frequently use can also help to understand your child’s interests, providing insight into how they like to spend their time.
Parents can also set a daily budget for apps to prevent accidental overspending and download app usage reports to see their child’s activity over time, giving the peace of mind needed to focus on their work, life or play.
If you’ve tried the free app and are looking for more features, the premium version allows parents to check the current location of their kids and set up alerts via the Child Locator feature.
You can also control inappropriate web content with the Web Guard and Safe Search features, where only approved web content will be displayed to your child. Parents can receive instant notifications of their child’s activity on their own phones, and manage multiple children from one central app.
ESET Mobile Security and Parental Control is a valuable tool in both child protection online and in managing the addictiveness of mobile phones. What is most important, however, is making sure that you have a conversation with your children about cybersecurity before downloading the application.
Equipping children with the knowledge and skills to stay savvy and safe on the internet is empowering and will help them to understand why the app is so important.
If you need some pointers on how to start that conversation, head to Safer Kids Online to download free guides and educational resources on internet safety.
You can try out ESET Mobile Security for free at any time, and if you want to test out the premium product at a killer price, you’re in luck! From 26th Nov to 3rd Dec, EMS premium will be 50% off, and there’s no need for a promotional code – the discount will be automatically added to your checkout.
ESET protects the Google Play store and is trusted by millions of users like you around the world, and is dedicated to the online safety and education of children and their parents.