Child-proofing tips for your mobile device
By Samsung, 22.10.2015.
How to prevent damage and keep your smartphone safe in the hands of your toddler.
Are you carrying around a phone with a cracked screen? Are some of your files missing? And have you just run out of data because someone had been watching cartoons on YouTube? Chances are that you have a toddler in the house.
For kids, a parent's mobile device is fair game. At any time of the day, they can ask for it to play games, watch videos or call up their loving grandparents. Saying 'yes' comes with the risk of the phone being dropped or damaged, accidental calls made to your entire contact list and the mysterious disappearance of important emails and documents.
But how can you say 'no' to that chubby, innocent face staring at you with intent? As you melt and hand over the device, you fear for its safety. Fear no more! With these precautionary measures and tips, you can try to ensure that your device doesn't get damaged and its content stays intact.
Protective screens and covers
If you are worried about exterior damage, there are a number of ways to keep your phone protected in the slippery fingers of your toddler. The basic step is to use a screen protector. This transparent layer can prevent scratches and other forms of damage to your phone's display.
Phone covers and cases are also commonly used to guard the surface and edges of your device. If you don't want to use regular plastic covers, latest Galaxy devices come with stylish optional accessories to both protect your phone and add to its beauty.
Made of leather-like material, the S View cover gives a classic look while showing part of the screen and provides a strong cushion in case the device falls. So if your child drops the phone while running around the house, you have less to worry about.
Once the exterior is protected, it's time to take care of the operational element and safeguard the content of your mobile device.
If you want your child to play with your phone, but not be able to access any of your files, you can activate or install the Kids Mode app.
This mode offers a protected and playful environment for your child, while restricting their access to the normal functions of your phone.
As a parent, you can set up a PIN and alternate password for security, and select which apps and content your child can access in the Kids Mode. It requires you to enter the PIN both while entering and exiting the feature, so your child cannot access the normal mode unless you enter the code. It also features a series of standard apps to keep your child entertained. A camera function allows children to take photos and save them in their own gallery. Older kids can enjoy adding special effects to the images by inserting accessories such as goggles and moustaches. Other functions, such as a drawing app, karaoke app and video playback, offer more engagement opportunities.
Just as desktop computers and laptops allow you to set up different user accounts for family members and guests, some Samsung Android devices, such as Galaxy Tab A, offer the option of creating a restricted profile. All you have to do is go to Settings --> Device --> Users. Along with a Guest profile, the device features an option to: Add user or profile. You can create a restricted profile for your child, set up a passcode and choose which apps and content he or she can access.
Perhaps you are comfortable with your child using your phone, but don't want any work documents or emails tampered with.
In this case, you can use the Samsung KNOX solution to switch between professional and personal modes on your device.
Simply hand over the phone to your toddler with the personal mode activated. With your work documents stored in the password-protected professional mode, your child won't be able to access them, leaving them safe and secure.
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