Did you know that over 1 in 3 homes with children in the United States have toys that are considered to be part of the “Internet of Things” or IoT?
Did you also know that online predators or hackers can use the information you provide on the IoT devices to help them acquire personal information of you and your kids?
This is a real life issue that all parents and guardians should be concerned about. Today, it’s basically impossible to fully eliminate any internet based toy or electronic because children are using them everywhere they go. However, I found some useful steps on this website: http://bit.ly/2LcAFQt that families can take in order to help keep predators and hackers away.
1. Look for an FTC (Federal Trade Commission) seal. If a toy has this seal, it means it’s been reviewed and is in compliance with children privacy requirements.
2. Research, research, research before a purchase!
3. In the fine print, there are disclosures in regards to the collection, retention, and use of collected information so be sure to read it.
4. Make sure you’re only using secured wifi connections.
5. Require a PIN number before it can pair or connect if the toy has a Bluetooth connection.
6. Make sure transfers are encrypted if the toy transmits data to a server.
7. Keep the toy updated with the latest software and security patches.
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