Cyber security tip #4: Research, teach and monitor smart toys

Children at play talk to their toys. Imagine a hacker listening to everything your child says to his or her doll.

Smart toys operate with amazing technology. The technology brings cool features to dolls, robots or other “smart” devices that can interact with children. The benefits and “magic” of the smart toys can be hard to resist. Careful thought before and after your purchases can help your family enjoy smart toys and reduce any risk of exposure to privacy breaches.

Follow these three tips to protect you and your family:

  1. Research first. Google the product to look for red flags about security or privacy. Keep in mind that if the product is new or hasn’t become popular, you may not get a clear picture of the risks.
  2. Teach. Talk to your children about what types of information are okay to share with the toy and teach them to turn it off when not in use.
  3. Monitor. Keep an eye on how your child uses the toy and make sure it’s turned off during discussions that include sensitive family information.

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