iPhone or Android: Which Is The Best Phone For Kids?
Smartphones have become the most essential piece of technology that we own. There’s no consensus on the right age to buy your child a smartphone, but one thing is for sure - nowadays they aren’t waiting as long as we did to get their first cell phone. And whether you like or not, at some point, you’ll have to get him or her one. So, now that you’ve finally decided to buy the child a buy, you’re probably torn in between an Android phone or an iPhone. Below, we look at the factors to consider when choosing between iPhone and Android.
Smartphones are great and can be of immense help to the kid if used correctly. However, if misused, they can be a huge distraction and can cause lots of problems. As a parent, you can worry about the people your kid communicates with, the groups he or she is in, and the kind of conversations they have. In addition, you wouldn’t want the kid to be exposed to inappropriate content or be a victim of scams or bullying that is all over the internet. Therefore, it’s important to buy a smartphone that can help you to monitor and restrict your kid’s activities on the phone.
When you compare the parental controls available in iPhone versus Android, you will see that iPhone gives you as the parent more controls and ways to monitor the child’s activities. The iPhone has inbuilt monitoring options such as the iCloud account which you can use to monitor your child’s movements, pictures, and iMessages. It also comes with inbuilt restriction options that enable you to easily delete apps, block access to adult content, limit browsing, and shut down the camera.
On the other hand, Android phones have few parental controls. You can set content restrictions on sites and apps, restrict Play store with a password, block third-party apps, and pin apps to the screen. However, Android lacks inbuilt options for monitoring. You must install a monitoring app or take the child’s phone to view their phone activities, such as messages, emails, and photos.
Locating the Phone
Both Android and iOS devices have GPS location system and tracking options that enable you to track the phone and give you the option of locking it remotely. For Android, you can locate using Google’s Android Device Manager. For iPhone, you can locate it using the iCloud account or Find My iPhone and Find My Friend apps. You can also create a custom message to tell people how they can contact you should they find the phone. With iPhone, it’s also easier to monitor your child’s movements using the two apps or the iCloud account. Therefore, the iPhone is the better of the two in this case.
Price and Models
Android devices have a wide spectrum of models and prices. Therefore, parents have a variety of smartphones to choose the one that fits their family’s needs and budget. Also, most Android devices are extremely customizable and tend to have upgradable memory. On the other hand, iPhones are more expensive and have limited versions on the market at any given time.
While it may seem better to save money by buying a cheaper Android phone for your kid, parents who want tight control over their child’s activities on their phones should opt for iPhone. Apple’s parental controls for their iOS devices are more detailed and easier to use. In addition, kids communicate mostly through text messages and the iPhone can help save on data costs using iMessages which uses WiFi.
However, even with all the inbuilt monitoring and restriction tools in both iPhone and Android devices, you still need a more tangible way to monitor text messages, emails, location, cyber bullies, and child predators. And that’s where Family Orbit comes in. The parental monitoring app is compatible with both iOS and Android and gives you the ability to monitor your child’s phone activities, lock and unlock the phone, block suspicious apps and websites, and locate your kid on a real-time map.