Learning how to baby-proof your smartphone and tablet will save you a lot of time, frustration, and possibly money. I’ve given up the good fight in preventing Baby Zog from using my phone and tablet and actually now hand it over without a second thought.
The key? It’s really two things. The first is making sure you have a device that is protected. For that you”ll want a good case and a super-duper screen protector that protects it from dropsies. In relation to tablets, this is one of the reasons I love the Nexus 10 – the Gorilla Glass and non-skid backing make me feel a bit more at ease when I see my oddler holding it.
The second step is baby-proofing the technology. If you’re an iPhone or iPad owner, you can set this up natively. However, if you’re an Android user, there’s an app for that.
By downloading Kids Place from the Google Play store, you’ll be able to:
- Have parental lock and child-lock
- Block phone calls and texts
- Block marketplace (and those purchases!)
- Block app downloads
- Timer lock (you decide how long baby/child is on)
- Use an auto-restart feature when apps are exited by accident
- Control your phone with a 4-digit pin
I may still wonder about parents who pop in a dvd for a 10 minute car ride but when you’re taking a summer road trip or flying out to see grandma and grandpa, I fully support handing over tech toys to your kiddos. If this is the price of a moment of peace and quiet, I’ll consider myself lucky.
Alison J. Herzog is an eater, shopper, traveler, and most of all, a proud mama to Baby Zog. She pays for these by working as a social media strategist. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram or at In The Land Of Zog and catch ramblings about all of the above.