Sponsored attempts at adulthood

Quite often, around 2am usually, I think to myself “I really need to grow up”.

At various points of my life I’ve basically thought – Am I an adult yet? I mean I’m 32. With two kids. So clearly, I am. Wait, I think I’m 33. Anyway…

I still often don’t feel like an adult because:

  • An adult would pre-order contact lenses and not just go to put contacts in and realise you haven’t got any despite wearing contacts for a decade or more.
  • An adult would be able to drive without having panic attacks when they sit in the front seat.
  • An adult would not run out of toilet paper.
  • An adult would have a will and insurance.
  • And an adult would know how to secure their internet and phone and make sure their kids don’t accidentally access porn or Trump rally videos.

So, 2019 is going to be my year of being an adult. I’m going to set an auto-renew for my contacts. I have my license but I’m going to actually drive for the first time in eight years. I’m going to buy toilet paper every week. Get a will. Get insurance (maybe – or at least think about getting insurance). And thanks to a random email from Norton – I am going to start NOW on being an adult and securing my phone and I guess, my kids. In the online world anyway.

The kids on my iPad

Now, yes, this is sponsored. But y’all know I don’t often do sponsored content. I’m doing this one because I figure there will be some of you out there, who like me, don’t know what the cloud is and just want to sit in peace and look at photos of Jason Momoa emerging from water or Richard Madden saying Ma’am on a loop.

But we have to be adults and we have to make sure nobody gets our ill-advised nudes taken during a post-30 birthday party when we were feeling a bit low and like we’re invisible in our mom-bods. Just me?

So anyway, I’m trialling the Norton Security Premium software. Basically, the goal is to protect my computer, tablet and smartphone from viruses and hackers.

To be honest, I’ve never worried about hackers – I mean who wants to have the 100 photos of my kid’s rash that I have on my phone? But then I realised I have photos that are very dear to me, and I don’t want to lose them.

Norton’s back-up security was the first thing I used when I set up the programme. It has 25gb of online storage, so I immediately transferred everything from my phone. Now I can actually use my phone rather than delete apps, so I don’t have to delete the thousands of photos of my dog’s ears.

Look, I don’t know what ransomware is, but I feel like my photos are protected now if my phone gets nicked or I somehow get hacked.

The other part of the service I’m enjoying is the Norton Family tool which means I can set limits on my iPad so that my son can only watch 20 minutes of that stupid Paw Patrol game before I can say LOOK IT RAN OUT OF BATTERIES.

This is how the profile is set up. You then choose what they can and can’t view. And you can also set time limits.

We monitor what our kids watch, but it’s hard given how savvy the little one is. He can get into my iPad and go straight into YouTube from any app. We removed the YouTube app and he still found out how to get in. We now sit with him while he watches anything, which is a pain in the ass but is also recommended by John Parsons who is my guru on keeping kids safe online.

If you don’t have the ability to do this – Norton will monitor what your child is watching, then send detailed reports for each of our children straight to your email inbox. I imagine this would be super handy for teens who want privacy but who you don’t want watching Jordan Peterson MRA podcasts.

Snapped!

I have a lock on my phone for credit card in-app purchases, but Norton also provides this.

I often hear from parents worried about their kids online. Around 87% of us worry our kids are spending too much time in front of a screen, 77% worry they’re giving out too much personal information to strangers and 70% worry about their kids posting something that will come back to haunt them in the future.

Monitoring what your kids do online is tiresome, but we have to do it to protect them. According to Norton, the number of parents that check their children’s browser history decreased in 2017 by six per cent to 34 per cent. I don’t know why, but we probably need to get onto that.

Supervising our kids online is the ideal, and the service doesn’t erase that need. But it does help with peace of mind and being there if you have a teen who you need to balance their privacy with.

Norton gave me some online safety tips to share with you, so we can be adults and stop hiding away from this:

Educate: Get security software that keeps kids from clicking on the wrong links and visiting the wrong sites. Teach kids about suspicious activity online and encourage them to ask for help if something seems suspicious.

Mobile security 101: The mobile app marketplace is laden with hidden dangers such as illegitimate apps. Your kids can check if an app is real by reading the comments on the download page. If they can’t tell, use Norton Mobile Security, which alerts you to suspicious apps before they’re downloaded.

Stranger danger: Ensure your children do not give their personal information to anyone they have not met in real life. If they do share this information on social media sites, be sure to check the privacy settings on the site to make sure none of it is viewable by the public.

Strong passwords: Encourage your kids to use strong, secure passwords across their devices. A secure password is no less than eight characters, plus is a random combination of upper and lowercase text, numbers and symbols.

Get wise to phishing: phishing tactics are low-tech, like sending spam emails that can contain links to malicious websites or attachments that carry hidden malware. Tell your kids not to click on URLs from suspicious emails or social network messages.

I’ll be posting again in a few weeks about using the mall or Chipmunks’ WiFi and keeping my shit safe. Something I’ve never thought about before. So hopefully it will be useful to you!

Thanks y’all for supporting this paid content. It’s sponsored by Norton Security. #nortonnz