45% of people are planning to buy the latest gadgets for Christmas this year, putting tech at the top of Brits’ Christmas shopping lists. On one hand this is a brilliant development as I am an advocate of enabling children to learn technical skills. Our children are using tech from an early age and with this comes a huge degree of parental responsibility.
We need to know how to manage this shift in toys. Many forget that using gaming devices and tablets can place our children at risk if we do not manage the seciurity side. We tend to think of phones and laptops but forget the rest that our children are using on a daily basis.
My children have a range of devices and I embrace this technology. There are plenty of apps that help with their learning. Erin is very bright and I use technology to enhance her learning experience. I am also buying her a number of STEM toys. I wrote just this week about the power of how parents can encourage their girls to be pretty curious.
22% of people say they plan to buy connected toys this festive period, a 7% increase on last year
However, less than a third of parents (31%) are currently speaking to their kids about what they do online. Young children need their parents and carers to ensure that they are safe. Like we teacher stranger danger we need to teach online safety.
Tips for Consumers to Stay Protected This Holiday Season:
To help keep your family safe during the holidays, McAfee has the following tips:
- Think before you click: One of the easiest ways for cybercriminals to compromise your device is through a malicious link. Be skeptical if you receive a link or other solicitation that you are not expecting.
- Update your software: Whether it’s your PC, smartphone, digital assistant or even your drone, keep the software up to date. Manufacturers plug security holes with device updates so it’s important to always install the latest versions as soon as possible. Where applicable use up-to-date security software.
- Beware of shady public Wi-Fi hotspots: Cybercriminals often deploy fake Wi-Fi hotspots that appear to be legitimate, but give them visibility into your browsing habits. If you have to use public Wi-Fi refrain from online shopping or banking. If you need to shop or bank on public Wi-Fi use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), like McAfee Safe Connect, to encrypt your network traffic.
- Do your homework: Not all manufacturers take security seriously, especially when it comes to connected toys, so it’s important to research if there have been any reported security vulnerabilities before purchasing.
- Protect your home network: Secure all of your connected devices and your home internet at its source with McAfee Secure Home Platform. This solution gives you insight into what devices are on your network, and protects all of your connected devices.
We hope these tips help you to enjoy the technological toys and devices your children will recieve this Christmas.