Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Children Online Safety: Aniekan prescribes 15 steps to Google Family Link - ITREALMS

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Acclaimed Nigerian computer Software Analyst, Comrade Friday Aniekan has elucidated that parents be guided moving forward by drawing inspiration from Chrisland School saga, reports 
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According to him, Android devices are naturally not for kids under the proverbial parental guidance, but if parents must buy one for them, he prescribed some 15 steps to safeguard their usage.

“1. When registering Gmail for them, use their correct age and bind your own Gmail as parent.

“2. Proceed to install Google Family Link on your own phone.

“3. Add their registered Gmail to your Google Family Link.

“4. Do Factory Reset on their Android device if they already have one, then login the device with their own Gmail account that you've linked to your Google Family Link.

“5. If you've just purchased a new device, be sure to use their email linked to your Google Family Link to activate or configure the device.

“6. Once steps 4 and 5 above have been done, the phone will get a notification to allow them activate the device.

“7. This is the beginning of taking control and charge of their devices anywhere.

“8. I can tell you that all adult contents of any form will never load on their phones.

“9. They will not also be able to install anything without your approval remotely from the Google Family Link.

“10. You will also be able to lock their devices from anywhere you may be at anytime.

“11. You will also be able to set a Start and Stop time for their usage of the devices and the phone will lock once it gets to that time even if you forget the set time.

“13. Note that YouTube will not allow them see or have access to adult contents too.

“14. You can also alternatively use YKids (YouTube for Kids). I recommend you remove the normal YouTube and install YKids for them.

“15. You can also monitor how long they've stayed on each App or page (browser) to caution or warn them where necessary using the Google Family Link.

Further, Aniekan said, parents and guardians, who follow strictly above prescriptions, would be able to have control over what their children do with their devices "even if you are not around."

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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