As new tech arrives this holiday, look out for scams
A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all?
But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do with it.
Many youngsters will receive electronic devices, often internet-capable, for Christmas. That may make them susceptible to schemes — some involving money, others creating real danger to the children.
(By the way, not all online dangers are “scams.” Watch out for those games that include in-game purchase options.)
Experts advise steps such as monitoring youngsters’ internet use, establishing and enforcing rules, warning children not to download anything, and ensuring privacy settings for services such as social media are appropriate. Remember you your job right now is to be their parent, not their friend.
It is good advice, coming as it does during a time when adults are so eager to make children on our shopping lists happy that we may forget the need to keep them safe from scammers and predators.