Tech safety hacks to protect your child online – and your bank account

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You’ve all heard the horror stories of involuntary online purchases. From the Amazon Alexa scandal, to the latest story of the mother who was left desperately seeking a refund after her seven year old used auto-fill card details to buy a rare toy on eBay. This actually cost the mother £5,500!

It will highly likely not be the last case either. However, there are ways you can avoid this to safeguard yourself against accidental online and AI-related purchases. Don’t fret, we won’t keep them to ourselves:

1. Removing auto-fill

Let’s start with one that seems obvious but is actually a natural click for the majority of people with computers. When possible, try to avoid using auto-fill for your credit card details. If you already have it turned on, don’t worry. You can disable and clear your auto-fill by going into the browser’s advanced settings and unchecking the box that is labelled ‘enable auto-fill’.

2. Parental Control Software

There are many different types of parent control software’s that can be used for different purposes. From blocking certain sites, to monitoring the length of time your child spends on the computer – you’ll find it all. These sites give you more control over what your children are doing online and how they are using the computer without the need for constant physical supervision.

3. Different browsers

With so many different browsers available to use, there are also several safety features that parents can utilise in order to enhance their children’s safety online with a simple click of a button. Yes, it really canbe that simple.

  • Google Chrome 

This browser has an interesting feature where you can add profiles and manage their particular safety features. These profiles work wonders when a family has more than one young child using the same computer as you can tailor each profile to that child’s individual needs. There are of course, plug-ins that can apply other safety features that can be searched for in Chrome Extensions also.

  • Firefox 

This is one browser that doesn’t have any built-in parent control measures. Although, there are third-party plug-ins that can be added like FoxFilter, which works by blocking certain key words and websites.

4. Apple Vs Android

Whilst completely safeguarding your computers and laptops would have been enough 10 years ago, the younger generation now also have access to multiple devices. But, don’t worry, you can adjust the safety features on these too.

  • iPhones & iPads 

Luckily, they have built-in features that can be turned on if you know where to find them. In the general settings of iOS, you can access ‘restrictions’ and create a passcode so only you can change these settings in the future. This setting option can help to either block certain app installations, purchases or to filter them. There are also available apps that can be downloaded to further control the safety and usage on the device.

  • Android 

Android gives you the option to create multiple accounts, which gives you the ability to create a restricted account for your child. The restricted account will allow you to leave the child unsupervised and know they are safely using the device. Purchases can be hindered by using a filter system and password to safeguard any money leaving your account unexpectedly. You can also download various apps to help enhance the safety features.

The constant rise in technology is met with the enhanced need to protect the younger generation from incorrect or prohibited use. It’s important to be aware of your options and safeguard effectively to avoid and shocks or horror-story-style pay outs.

If you are looking for legal representation or legal advice, do get in touch with our expert team at Lysander Law today.