eSafety Gift Guide

28 November 2019 | General Interest

The eSafety Commissioner advises families to be smart and secure when choosing tech gifts for children and young people and offers the following to guide to help us navigate the world of Wi-Fi enabled electonics.

Be smart and secure when choosing tech gifts for children and young people this year with the eSafey Gift Guide. The Guide helps inform parents and carers about what to look out for with tech gifts and provides practical advice on how to stay safe, including setting strong passwords, turning off location settings and limiting the amount of personal information shared.

Use the eSafety Gift Guide to check the safety of popular tech gifts like drones, smart toys, smartphones, tablets and even wearables for pets before making your purchases this holiday season. See the example below-

Smart Toys

Smart toys — from internet-enabled educational tablets, to teddy bears and Barbie dolls —are at the top of many children’s gift lists.

Smart toys are connected wirelessly to the internet or appropriate software, synced, then controlled with devices such as a tablet or smartphone, through setting up an account.

Smart toys can offer lots of benefits through interactive play and education but it’s important to be aware of the risks.  

What to Look Out For

Smart toys and accompanying user accounts may store personal information, such as your child’s name, age, gender and, in some instances, location.
These databases can be exposed to third parties — including hackers — revealing your child’s personal information which may be exploited.
Inbuilt cameras and microphones may record video or audio of your child.
If the wireless connection or information storage is inadequately secured, the data and recordings may be accessed by other people and shared without consent, and may allow outsiders to contact your child online without you knowing.

See the guide for information on how to keep your family's personal information and images safe.