[T]he My Friend Cayla is a doll that has been making the news in a bad way. In fact, some advocate that parents get rid of the doll that has been banned in Germany. This interactive toy connects to the internet to talk with your child, answer questions and just be a lot more fun than standard dolls.
While many experts have voiced concern over the loss of imagination that occurs when the child is no longer able to control the doll and create conversations, there is a deeper concern for the child’s safety. Worry over hackers’ access to your child and sensitive information has caused many to recommend removing the doll from the home or not buying it in the first place.
With the growth of the Internet of Things, more devices are connected to the internet. You can use your smartphone to adjust your home temperature, start your car and do so much more. However, if you have access to your home and automobile when you’re away, what keeps others from gaining similar access and destroying your credit or doing other harm?
How to Protect Yourself
While most people will choose to go with the advanced technology rather than missing out on all the benefits that come with interactive gadgets, they must learn how to be safe. First, do your research to find out how the item works and what it will have access to. Determine if you can alter the settings in any way to make yourself safer.
When new gadgets come out on the market, it’s often best to wait to see the repercussions instead of being the first in line to try them. Give it time to see how many complaints and warnings are put in place. Once the manufacturer has time to make corrections, you know the gadget will be safer.
When it comes to your kids or your personal information, you can’t be too cautious. Focus on safety first and convenience or fun second. Monitor all usage of these items and make sure you use strong passwords and other safety precautions to prevent hackers from gaining access to your life and your home.
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