Many parents will be buying their children smart toys this holiday season and while these toys can be fun, an article by the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) in the Better Business Bureau is warning they could also put the family at risk unless care is taken when using these devices.
The article includes safety tips from CARU which is seeing an increase in the number of toys collecting personal information such as email addresses and names from children. Often this may be done without their parent’s knowledge, even when parental permission should be required. CARU isn’t saying these toys are bad, as far from it. Many can be very educational, but the parents need to be fully informed and must choose their child’s devices carefully. CARU has outlined some easy tips for parents to help keep kids safe this holiday.
When a child is bought a smart device, the article suggests using this as an opportunity to teach the child about online security and the importance of safeguarding personal information. Parents can then encourage children to speak up if they encounter something that doesn’t seem quite right. Smart toys should only be connected to password protected Wi-Fi or on a virtual private network. Public connections could provide easy access to smart toys, especially if these have security flaws.
The article has much more information on keeping children safe while they enjoy their smart toys. To read it, click here.