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By Damilola Faustino

In this digital world, every one-year-old knows at least how to turn on a phone and say ‘hello’ into the speaker. Which means every child knows how to handle a phone and will definitely want to experiment. If they don’t have theirs, obviously, yours is the next best thing, which means your phone is in constant danger of being treated like a toy. If you do not childproof your phone, your obviously curious kid may exhaust your data or accidentally drop your phone which may damage it. Here are tips to protect your smartphone from kids:

Lock your screen 

The easiest way to help protect your child accessing anything on your phone is to lock your screen with a password, touch ID, or swipe ID. However, you have to be careful to ensure that your child doesn’t enter the wrong password too many times and permanently lock your phone.

Password-protect Google play

In order to ensure you are not charged for apps, games, movies and books your child wants or mistakenly buys, you should password-protect access to the Google Play store. To protect yourself, go to settings in the Google Play app. Check the box next to the password option in order to use a password to restrict purchases.

Create a new user profile

You can also decide to create new user profiles just like you do with your computer. In the new profile, you can grant relevant access to whatever you want your kid to have access to.

Disable mobile data

Does your child really need mobile data? If he/she don’t need mobile data, you should simply switch off. This is will help save your data and prevent any downloads.

Get a durable case

One of the first things you should do is to invest in a durable case to keep your phone safe from accidental drops. Look for a case that is water resistant, in case your phone falls in water and make sure it covers all part of the phone’s body.

Get your child a toy phone

Kids are curious by nature, so it may be hard to totally keep them away from your phone. One easy thing you can do is to buy them a toy phone so that they are in sync with current technology and still not putting your real technology device (your phone) in danger.

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