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.
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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!
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 manages much of the Veracode web presence while also working on strategic interactive media projects. In his spare time you'll find him drinking the CrossFit kool-aid, getting overly competitive in a video game, or doting over his lovely wife and daughter.
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