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May 30, 2013

Appsec and Your Kids Infographic

Most of us are probably a bit careless when it comes to our personal mobile device usage but when it comes to our kids, concerns tend to hit a higher note. Our infographic provides parents with tips for protecting their children, their privacy and their wallets, when children use mobile applications on their devices.  appsec-kids-infographic-veracode


The Number of Kids Using Mobile Apps is Exploding:

  • 7/10 Children use tablets of smart phone devices
  • They us these devices an average of 5 days per week
  • Nearly half of all kids using mobile apps aren't even in Kindergarten yet
    • 10% - Ages 0-1
    • 39% - Ages 2-4
    • 50% - Ages 5-8


Over 25 Billion iOS and Google Play apps have been downloaded since 2011

  • Boys spend 10.8 hours per week playing gaming apps
  • Girls spend 9.5 hours per week on social networking apps



Things your kids' apps might do, but might not tell you:

  • The might collect and share personal information without telling you - Out of all apps, 59% share personal information and only 11% tell you so
  • They might let your kids spend real money even if the app is free (without telling you) - 84% of kids apps that allow purchases within the app are free to download
  • They might include ads without telling you - 58% include ads, 9% tell you so
  • The might link you to social media without telling you - 22% link to social media, 9% tell you so



What Parents Can Do:

At the Online Store:

  • Look at app's screen shots
  • Read the description, content rating, and user reviews
  • Follow a link to read about the developer
  • Beware of fake apps that pose as real apps!

At Home:

  • Download and play the app with your kids
  • Talk to your kids about your rules for using apps

On Your Phone or Tablet:

  • Restrict content to what's right for your kid's age
  • Monitor and review all new app downloads with your kid
  • Set a password so your kids can't make in app purchases
  • Disable Wi-Fi and data services when you won't be around to monitor your child


Neil is a Marketing Technologist working on the Content and Corporate teams at Veracode. He currently focuses on Developer Awareness through strategic content creation. In his spare time you'll find him doting over his lovely wife and daughter. He is a Co-Owner of CrossFit Amoskeag in Bedford NH, his favorite topic is artificial intelligence, and his favorite food is pepperoni pizza.

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