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The Kid Test: Windows Phone vs. iPhone, Will they switch?

February 4th, 2014

Thus was born the experiment we have run over the last month to know if Windows Phone could entice some kids away from their iPhone?

iphone vs windows phoneKids were charmed by the ad showing the special “tile” home screen of Windows Phone, where application tiles being resized and moved around. It seemed different, unique, and cool from the iPhone and the Android phones that they use.

For kids, any opportunity Windows Phone had to win them over was pretty much lost when they knew there was no Instagram app. There are apps that let them browsing Instagram pictures by their own account. But that, or any other app, didn’t let them upload images, so that was a big issue for them. Instagram is the social network for them, a way for them in connecting primarily through pictures.

With Windows Phone, we only see labels in apps if they are large-sized or medium, not small. There were also things kids didn’t like about the hardware, like the volume buttons placement. That isn’t really an issue for Windows Phone but more a hardware issue. But this points to both a disadvantage and advantage of Windows Phone.

On the other hand, kids liked how their contacts tile, when rotated, large to show pictures of their different contacts. They also liked that the screen was big, clear, and nice compared with the iPhone. Another advantage was the calculator, unlike the iPhone, it have a backspace key. Some games were more expensive such as Plants vs. Zombies, $5 for Windows Phone while $1 for the iPhone.

At the end, perhaps the greatest challenge going to Windows Phone to kids is that they are getting our cast-offs. When upgrading, they get the previous-generation devices. For some kids to go Windows Phone, they really need us to go Windows Phone.

How to child-proof your iPhone or iPad

January 28th, 2014

child with ipadOwners of Child-bearing Apple iOS device can proudly boast about having at least one feature better than their counterparts in Android as they have the Restriction system that makes your kid’s Apple iPhone or iPad friendly.

Handing over an unfettered iPhone or iPad to young people with internet access, chat support and iTunes accounts can be a scary proposition. So, it’s critical to set restrictions on these devices depending on how you want your children to use them.

Feeling restricted

Many of the risky features of your iPhone or iPad can be locked down using the iOS Restrictions system that can be done by setting a standard 4-digit PIN, which you will asked to enter when you first turn on Restrictions. Just go to Settings > General > Restrictions. Be careful when tapping this PIN as children can quickly observe and deduce it.

Lock down

Restrictions deals with certain system tools and apps contain very important aspects, including Sarari, which you need to lock down before handing the device to your child. Also you need probably block iTunes access and the ability to install apps. It is recommended also to disable In-App purchases. For this to work you need to make an iTunes account.

Too young

The next section offers the ability to filter the content your children can browse and buy on the iTunes store using standard age restrictions. Note that these restrictions only work if they have been applied to the media and iTunes store browsable things. Even with apps there is still unsuitable content as part of the app, so it’s recommended to browse the iTunes store with your child.

Safe settings

The final Restrictions enable locking down further iOS areas and external interaction. While you can’t lock the settings generally, you can block changes to Contacts, Accounts, Calendar, Reminder, Photos, Twitter and Facebook. Also the volume level and multi-player gaming are able to be locked.

Safer browsing

For safe web access, Littleye Safe Browser is recommended from which web site contents can be monitored and managed.

Children bypass parental web curbs by using phones

January 21st, 2014

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a new report stated that one-in-four young people said they use their phone mainly to access the internet. This percentage increases to about half when a Smartphone is the phone in the question. In comparison, just 15% of adults said they mostly access the web by phone.

shocked girl iphoneOf course, Smartphones have restriction options to allow parents block some phone functions and mature content, as well as they can see their children’s texts log, but these measures are miss and hit.

Some parents take on limits a hard line while others not. Also past research found that a lot of parents don’t confiscate their kid’s phone as punishment because they want him to keep contact with them.

An adult is trying working out any appropriate rule for himself, let alone his children. And he seemingly has a difficult time saying “no” to phones, even for those at elementary schools, where these high-tech tools have become a symbol of status.

Parents can’t monitor all the time their kid’s mobile use, unlike the computer of the family that put stationary in the house. For the past decade, the online safety conversation has focused too much on surveillance which won’t help now in a handhelds world, but conversation will. Some young users bring with them their phones in the shower and even sleep with them.

Seton Hall University in New Jersey gives incoming students for the first term a free Smartphone. Student Kyle Packnick said he preferred holding a Smartphone. He also thought people his age might do a better job putting their limits with technology. His parents prevented him when he was at high school to text on his mobile back and now he feels he is less dependent than his peers on his phone.

Have You Given Your Child an iPhone?

January 14th, 2014

Have You Given Your Child an iPhone? Make Him Follow These 17 Rules

  1. It’s my phone which I bought and pay for it. You are being loaned it from me.
  2. I’ll always know its password.
  3. Answer it if it rings. Say hello while using your manners. If the screen reads “Dad” or “Mom”, don’t ever ignore a call.
  4. Give the phone to your parent every school night at 7:30pm and at 9:00pm every weekend night. She/he will shut off it then turned on it again at 7:30am.
  5. You won’t take it with you at school. Have a conversation in person with anyone you text as it is a life skill. (Except half days, after school activities and field trips)
  6. You are responsible for the repairs or replacement costs if it falls or smashes.
  7. Don’t use your iPhone in lying, fooling, or deceiving another one, so as not to involve yourself in hurtful conversations.
  8. Don’t email, text, or say anything via it you wouldn’t say in person. Do censor yourself.
  9. No porn. Surf the internet for information you could openly share with me. Ask one of your parents if you have a question about anything.
  10. Silence it or turn it off in public, especially at the movies, in a restaurant, or when speaking with another one. Don’t allow the iPhone to change you to a rude person.
  11. Don’t receive or send your, or anyone’s, private parts pictures. That is risky and would ruin your life as cyberspace is more powerful than you.
  12. It isn’t necessary to document all things, so don’t take a zillion videos and pictures. They will be stored for eternity in your memory.
  13. Learn to live without your phone. Feel safe and secure while leaving it at home sometimes.
  14. Download music which is new or different than the other of your peers who listen to the similar exact stuff. Widen your horizons.
  15. Play games with brain teasers occasionally.
  16. Recognize the world happening around you without googling. Listen to the birds while taking a walk.
  17. If you mess up, I’ll take the phone away. We’ll sit down while talking about it then start over again. You and I are always learning and on one team.

$2,550 iTunes bill in 10 minutes on one iPad game

January 8th, 2014

Greg and Sharon Kitchen lastly agreed to give their son, Danny, the iTunes pass code for the device to download a free game from the Apple store, Zombie v Ninja. While they entertained friends to their home near Bristol, England, he was left alone with the tablet computer.

kid iPad gameAfter the free app had downloaded, Danny found himself in the online store of games. He innocently requested dozens of costly add-ons reaching £1,710.43, over $2,550 of US dollars. His Mather saw in the following day a batch of emails listing all things he had bought from iTunes. He had then phoned from her credit card company which queried the payments. Finally, Mrs Kitchen realized what had occurred.

She told Danny that before daddy got home he’d better be ready for bed and hide. He was crying when the other children were telling him that with the value he had waste they could have purchased a house.

Apple has now informed this family they will repay the money. An Apple spokesman said incidents like this must be quickly reported. He added it was vital people remained their pass code, designed for stopping unauthorized purchases on its products, safe. Also he said software was created to stop kids from the iTunes store usage even if password is entered.

A spokesman said: Parents should use a parental control iPhone App that enable guardians and parents restricting accessing to eg internet access, content and age rated content like music, apps, games, movies, TV shows etc.

Also parental controls offer parents and guardians the ability of turning off functionality like the ability of turning off in-app purchases and iTunes purchasing. Parents and guardians will get sure children have access to the suitable content. The first thing we recommend is certainly not to share the password.

iPhone Users Blame Google For Safari Privacy Attacks

December 31st, 2013

Google and Apple together are account about 92% of smart phone users, but the privacy of Google only has a lawsuit against it about that actions of company in which it undermining the Safari user’s personal security while telling it wouldn’t.

Safari users browbeat Google

iphone5A Safari users group has introduced a campaign against Google’s blatant ignoring for individual privacy in age of the data, accusing Google of actions that has already been forfeited a slight $22.5 million in the US.

Google’s fault is by-passing the settings of Safari’s security, ignoring the users that had chosen not to approve cookies, Google undermined arrogantly Internet browser of Apple to install them.

The first legal action has been launched against the firm by Judith Vidal-Hall, Index on Censorship magazine former editor.

Who can watch the watchmen?

Vidal-Hall said the BBC that whether anything is private or not is up to the Internet surfer. Privacy campaigners have created a Facebook group about Safari Users against Secret Tracking of Google. The complaint was that Google undermined deliberately the Safari browser protections, and then they can track the Internet usage and provide personally designed advertising according to the past visited sites.

Lack of disclosure

Certainly, What is more worse is that Google denied in its privacy undermining activity. A researcher at Stanford University instead discovered that Google tricking Safari into tracking the users activity with the browser on their iPhone by using a special code. Google also certainly direct many user behaviors.

Are profits of Google worth more than privacy?

Of course, that Google will do all it can for maximizing its ads platforms value, which mean that it depends on gathering user data to perfect its targeted ads network accuracy. Its revenue relies on this. So, this meaning blatant ignoring for user privacy is of greater worry than the flaws of Apple Maps.

How A Teen Can Confront His iPhone Addiction?

December 24th, 2013

An iPhone addiction idea has firmed in the last few years. In Taiwan and China, a doctor can diagnose conditions such as iPhone addiction and iPhone syndrome disorder.

iphone addictionAccording to Stanford University study, 75 % of respondents are sleeping with their phones near them in bed, and 94 % approved having an iPhone addiction level. Teens are sending per day 60 text messages on average.

The American Association for Psychiatric described online addiction disorder by a probable addition to its Mental Disorders Statistical Manual and Diagnostic. The current Internet incarnation may be making us more anxious and depressed, prone to attention-deficit and obsessive-compulsive disorders, even outright psychotic.

As for me, my iPhone hardly left my hand. When a friend challenged me jokingly to one week away from my phone, I questioned whether I could live in the life without phones. Thus the next day I decided to begin a phoneless week. I expected this week to be frustrating, slow and boring at times, but this was not the case. By surprisingly, my week went smoothly. I was relaxed and never have to get plans with others. I felt kind of unique and serene, off the grid.

This also helped my productivity in many things. I paid more attention in class without thinking about checking the phone. I went earlier to bed without staying up for hours on my iPhone. And I couldn’t have distracted by a call or a text while doing homework.

My whole experience worst part was realizing that I actually an addicted to my iPhone. A study characterized Internet addicts by those spend on the Internet an average per week of 38 hours for non-employment or nonacademic purposes.

So my final take-away is: I’m going to pay less bonding with my phone and more time in the real life.

How to Activate Parental Controls on Your iPad

December 17th, 2013

Today some parents consider a tablet PC instead of the family computer that may have been getting many miles on it lately, but using an unmonitored internet-connected device to children has threats.  Fortunately, there are parental controls that you are able to activate for protecting your children from the internet wild west.

child with ipadRestrict the YouTube App: Even seeing their favorite song of Muppets on YouTube can brings risks.  From the additional content to explore “suggestions”, to the profanity which may pop up in user comments, there is a set there which you just do not want children to see. You also need to prevent your children from searching YouTube simply and see any results from this search. So to get the Safety Mode, log in and toggle “Safety: On” to activate it from the YouTube screen bottom. Now, not only is content restricted, but also comments below videos are restricted and screened for profanity. This offers your children a safer YouTube surfing experience.

IPads provide customizable restrictions which link to a 4-digits code to unlock or modify once you activate it. To modify, go to Settings, choose General then Restrictions. You can inactivate deleting or installing apps or purchasing in-app content. Also you can individually disable specific functions like YouTube or Safari.

Note that, if Safari is disabled but the ability to install apps isn’t disabled, your kid can easily download any browser like Chrome to go access to the internet freely.

Unfortunately, there isn’t option to make specific user profiles, so you will need to delete the limitations for your personal use every time. As a result, you will have to remember turning them back on before leaving your iPad. Because busy parents may attest, this can be a failed parental control path. Also, if you restrict apps to (say) 4+, some apps aren’t totally available that you may need to allow, like Netflix.

Don’t forget to try Littleye’s parental control App, it will help you monitor your kids’ activities on iPad and protect them online.

Child Friendly iPhones

December 10th, 2013

Products of Apple are always famous by the ease of usage. Their software is so user friendly and are easily navigated which make them a common choice between college and high school students.

iPhone Parental Control AppsNowadays, we are noticing that more and more children are getting iPhones. While they have an easy to use interface, iPhones also have other capabilities host, like GPS, which make parents able to track the whereabouts of the children with the true app. If you have a kid or a younger sibling, then consider these tips very well.

Use Your iTunes Account

iTunes asks for your password before starting downloading and installing apps onto the iPhone. This stops anyone from purchasing any app you don’t want. Also, you can filter the apps that can be installed on your kid’s iPhone by using your iTunes account while choosing the appropriate apps for him. This helps in protecting your child, because it teaches him to be responsible as well as saving your money. He will learn the types of useful apps, like Science, Math and reference material apps. He will also learn enjoying free games, out of games of expensive paid.

Fix the Settings of the iPhone

iPhone uses the capabilities of the GPS for the Geo–tagging apps, such as Facebook, Instagram and other apps of picture sharing. However this feature can make your child vulnerable to thieves by knowing his location on Facebook, you can control these apps in the iPhone Settings menu. iPhone has also certain features for parental control, like limiting apps that the child can use. All you need to do is: select Settings, choose General, select Restrictions, enter a 4 digit password, then restrict any apps.

Find My iPhone is a helpful iPhone free app that you can install. Also, the home screen lock restriction can be limited to ten attempts where all the phone data will be deleted after  doesn’t get it right by the tenth time.

Review the App Itself

It’s very important to check the apps your child needs to install. Review its costs, features and all other things. Calculators, dictionaries and a productivity apps host are perfect on any iPhone.

Install a parental control iPhone App

If you want to monitor your kids activity and protect them online, you will need to install an iPhone parental control App. Littleye will do the trick, give it a try for free

How to make iPhone’s Internet connection more secure

December 4th, 2013

If I had a buck for each time I have advised someone to pay attention in securing his/her web connection, I would be able to buy Microsoft, Google, and Apple — and have enough spare change for a coffee cup.

iPhone secure internetIn other words: Securing your data importance will never be confirmed enough, especially not for being International Fraud Awareness Week. So let’s know how to stay safe on the iPhone, one of the more popular mobile devices.

The iPhone is unbelievably vulnerable when you are using a public Wi-Fi network, just like laptops or tablets. Someone could steal your Facebook or Twitter accounts, hijack passwords, or just check your emails and instant message conversations.

For staying safe, you are able to maintain and create a secure web connection by using a VPN (virtual private network) that can be done with just a few taps and the Hotspot Shield VPN app.

If you are not sure about VPN and all these technicalitites, and want to secure the internet connection of your kids iPhone, use a parental control software to monitor their activity and secure them online.

Littleye parental control software will enable you be on top of all your child iPhone internet activity and will protect him from all internet threads and harmful content.

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