Using Devices in Public

Using Devices in Public

Using devices in Public!

Is it appropriate for children to play with their own device or their parents device while eating out, shopping, or watching a movie?

In same situations, it is appropriate for children to play with mobile devices. For example, if your family is having dinner at a local restaurant then you may want to occupy your child for a short time. But you also want your child to engage in the conversation around the table. Children ages 2 and up can listen and talk with adults rather than play a game. You can also up-cycle your old devices to kid-friendly devices rather than trading them in.

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PBS Kids offers a line of great educational apps for kids and helpful tips for parents on the go.

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You may find it appropriate for your child to play games or watch short films while in public. This is not a new concept but who’s devices should the child use?If you are not ready for your child to have their own device on a full-time basis due to age, responsibility or other safety factors.

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Here are alternatives

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  • Consider an old phone or tablet that you have upgraded from. We all have those awesome upgrades through our carriers, or your old iPhone 4 or 5 could be sitting in a draw right now that could be your child’s personal devices to use while in public.
  • Turn the security settings up on your old iPhone, I recommend the highest settings that allow only you to make purchases.
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Your child should only play with this device while you are together in the car or a public place.

 

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  • Preload games and movies prior to your child using the device
  • Ensure that security features are high Apple offers several options for this setting click Help for a quick security setup.
  • Initiate a wipe of the phone if it is lost or stolen click Here for more information

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Is sound needed for the child to enjoy the game?

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  • Preload games and movies prior to your child using the device
  • Ensure that security features are high Apple offers several options for this setting click Help for a quick security setup.
  • Initiate a wipe of the phone if it is lost or stolen click Here for more information
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In most cases, the child had played the game before and knew all the sounds the game made. Children can remember these sounds there is no need to play the game music
or sounds while in public.

Would you want to hear the bings, booms, and splats of a game coming from another table while having a conversation with your loved one?

It just makes sense to turn the sound off or provide a set of headphones, which could be bought for a couple of bucks.