Kids and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Balancing kid’s exposure to IoT and privacy concerns are putting pressure on parents. 

Parents have a lot of responsibility. For example, you need to keep your kids safe and prepare them for success in the future.

So, what happens when those goals conflict? Many parents are facing that conundrum right now when it comes to their kids and IoT.

Introducing Kids to IoT

According to a recent article in Forbes, experts predict growth for IoT to be 28.5% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate).

Businesses are using IoT to drive growth and accelerate profit. With the real-time data fueling Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), decision-making improves. Companies are using metrics to track progress and organizational priorities, leading to agile reactions to a changing marketplace.

The value of IoT is clear to business, and they will be hiring new employees that understand the intricacies of smart connected devices. They expect employees to add value to the new corporate processes utilizing IoT.

To compete and succeed in the future, kids need to be introduced to IoT, and understand the practical applications of the technology.

IoT Privacy Implications for Kids and Families

Ignoring the future isn’t an option if you want kids to succeed. It’s critically important to introduce kids to IoT. It’s equally important to ensure privacy and safety for children in a connected world.

Toy maker Vtech Electronics settled charges from the FTC they violated children’s privacy by collecting personal information from their devices. According to Endgadget, Germany has banned kid’s smart watches over privacy concerns. Even monitoring devices, used by parents in their children’s room, can be hacked leaving the family vulnerable to the very device intended to protect them.

Luckily, experts are taking notice of the danger, and are taking steps to protect kid’s privacy on IoT devices and toys. A recent article in Techcrunch discussed the need for better security on kid’s devices. Security expert Norton also offers information online for parents concerned about connected toys. Companies recognize the danger and are taking action to protect privacy and set guidelines for devices focused on kids moving forward.

Moving Forward in a Smart Connected World

Even with the potential dangers, the benefits of IoT are too great for parents to ignore. Businesses are looking for new employees with knowledge and expertise in IoT and connected devices.

Any child that hasn’t been introduced to IoT, and allowed to explore, experience and become comfortable with the connected device, will be at a significant disadvantage in a competitive job market. For parents, the key is doing research on any device you introduce and monitoring a child’s use of device.

What steps have you taken to introduce IoT to your kids? How much is privacy a concern for you, and what have you done to protect it? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

Tags: Kids   Children   IoT   Privacy   security   smart devices  

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