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Which Ecosystem is Safer for the Kids (Android, iOS, Windows, Neither?)

arjun90 1,214 105 September 12, 2015 at 05:15 PM
Which Ecosystem is Safer for the Kids (Android, iOS, Windows, Neither?)

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That's a poorly worded question which is why the response is difficult. Any environment is good with the right set of settings and software packages.

It depends on what you are looking to do, what equipment you are utilizing, whether or not you are looking to restrict only at home or mobile as well.
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That's a poorly worded question which is why the response is difficult. Any environment is good with the right set of settings and software packages.

It depends on what you are looking to do, what equipment you are utilizing, whether or not you are looking to restrict only at home or mobile as well.
Agreed. The simplest options for restricting what kids can do on a tablet are found on specialized products like the Nabi tablet or Amazon Fire Kids Edition, but there are things that can be done on most platforms. The age of the kid(s) is significant too.
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Probably the OP wants to know if the system would get virus if his kids watch pr0n.
There is no "safe" if you don't use your common sense.
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Thanks, I'd have to agree, that's a poorly written question

We have a minor (15 years of age, female); the kids of this generation are really going too far with technology, attempting to outsmart the parents and so on.

Are there web filtering, time limits, and other safety options available on iOS? What about the ability to log every darn thing the child does?
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both my kids have android tabs for several reasons (they are 6 and 2):
- I am far more familiar with android OS vs IOS
- Devices are BY FAR cheaper. I can get a $45 tab for my 2 yo to watch movies
- mSD slots - again, easy to load content - not available in any iOS device
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Yes there are options. One that comes to mind is curbi. The problem with most parental control apps is that they can actually be removed -- although it should alert the parent that this occurred. I believe Android devices are more restrictive for things such as removal on these apps but you might want to verify.

You can always skip the device and control network access via a more sophisticated router/firewall but that may not be suitable or feasible depending on your budget and tech knowledge level.

No matter what you do, at the end of the day conversation and understanding between parents and kids does much more than any technology solution can provide.

If you can't trust that your children are making good decisions on the devices it would be best to not allow them. Technologies can always be bypassed if the person is willing.

One thing that a lot of parents do is to get a router that allows time-based wifi tokens that allow wifi access with url restrictions for time periods, once the token expires the wifi is shut off. Again, if it is a phone with cellular connectivity, you can be bypassed.

How much technology you give to your child dictates what they are capable of. If you provide them a phone, your ability is severely diminished to technologically control their access.

Have conversations with them to detail the risk the Internet poses for their safety and privacy. If you see any sort of hiding or concealing and especially if history is being removed, tell them their access to the device is revoked and you will need to converse about this.

This is more parental than technological. This will be a tough threat as a parent but best of luck to you muddling around in this mess.
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Thank you everyone, your feedback is greatly appreciated
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Technology has certainly progressed... I remember when I first got a computer in my room... Back then there was dial up so all my mom had to do was call my phone... If it was busy, she knew I was online...
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All of those options allow browser access which is where you will run into issues. Locking down a router is about the best you can do without using a pile of parental control apps on Android or IOS. The Amazon kids version may be a decent option since it is already a slimmed down Android with some other user locks on it.

All of these devices can be bypassed if the user is really willing and will require you to pick them up at random to make sure nothing was tampered with.
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At the age of 15 the kid has a pretty good idea of which platform they prefer more than likely. Cost is a big difference too. That ipad is going to cost a lot more new at least. I guess it all depends on how much your trying to lock it down. The tablets that are designed for kids are really for the younger crowd. I guess I always question being super restrictive on a device with someone who is almost able to drive in most states. If the concern is viruses and malware if you stick to the store (Apple store, Google Play Store) both are quite safe.
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At the age of 15 (probably 12-13 in reality), a sufficiently motivated and intelligent kid can and will find their way around almost any attempt to control what they can do on the internet / with their computer/phone/tablet. That could involve things like buying a cheap android phone / tablet and a long range antenna to connect to the neighbor's unencrypted wifi.
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The kids of this generation really need to get the reality check of their technology usage. I find it alarming how there is very little awareness of how parents monitor their kids. Not pointing to anyone on this forum; this is a general statement.
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The kids of this generation really need to get the reality check of their technology usage. I find it alarming how there is very little awareness of how parents monitor their kids. Not pointing to anyone on this forum; this is a general statement.
I'm not saying you shouldn't try, just that there's a degree of relative futility. I'll also say attempts to overly shelter kids often backfire. When necessary simply taking the devices away and forcing computer use in a public space of the house could work.

You're better off having honest discussions with your kids about technology use and online safety and encouraging them to talk to you. It beats the alternative of your kids keeping everything in their life secret from you. Set some reasonable rules eg. no cell phone use at the table if you want me to pay your cell phone bill.

Open DNS filtering is a good option and can filter your entire home network, but without some security settings on devices or a proxy server it can be bypassed. Logging information can be effective, but can create potential security problems (think passwords, credit cards, etc).
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