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08 June 2021
What Parents and Carers Need to Know About Parental Controls to Protect Privacy

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This app is requesting permission to access the camera roll. Your experience of this app will be improved if you turn on location services. ‘App X’ wants to sync with your calendar. How many times do we see pop-up messages like this on our phone – and just click ‘accept’ without really thinking it over?

In most cases, there’s nothing to worry about. But if you do have concerns about how much information your phone might be giving away, you can use parental controls to pick and choose what your child’s phone can share. This week’s #WakeUpWednesday guides walk you through how to protect privacy on iPhones and Androids.

From automatically tagging Instagram posts with your physical location to finding the nearest place for a bite to eat on Google Maps, overlapping connectivity between apps can be really useful. In exchange for this increased functionality, though, we have to surrender a certain amount of information – including potentially sensitive data.

The parental controls on most smartphones are an excellent way of reducing the risk to your child’s privacy. This week, we’ve produced two #WakeUpWednesday guides with simple, step-by-step instructions to setting up (and if necessary, locking) these protective filters on iPhone and Android smartphones.

To download the guide for iPhone, please click here.

To download the guide for Android, please click here.

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