Smartphones offer both convenience and challenges for children. They keep kids connected with parents and provide location tracking, but also pose risks to their privacy, safety, and mental health. Here’s what Yaron Litwin, Canopy’s CMO and digital safety app has to say about this:

  1. Encourage Open Communication: Discuss online safety, including online predators, exposure to inappropriate content, and privacy. Yaron Litwin Canopy’s CMO emphasizes the importance of creating a comfortable space for kids to discuss their online experiences.
  2. Check Privacy Settings: Adjust smartphone and app privacy settings. Ensure social media accounts like Instagram and TikTok are set to private, and utilize Apple’s app tracking transparency feature.
  3. Use Safety Apps: Implement parental control apps like Canopy to monitor and protect kids’ online activities. These apps allow for setting content filters, downtime hours, and geolocation alerts.
  4. Stay Informed: Be aware of online dangers such as sextortion schemes, which are increasingly facilitated by AI, making it easier for predators to exploit minors.
  5. Limit Screen Time: Monitor and limit daily screen time. Excessive use can impact mental health, as highlighted by the rise in social media-related mental health issues among youth, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By taking these steps, parents can help safeguard their children in the digital world.

For the full article: https://www.foxnews.com/us/gifting-your-child-iphone-here-5-tips-ensure-safe-usage

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