This article is designed for parents, teachers and any one else that wants to know more about online and mobile device safety.  In this course the student will learn about different kinds of devices that children use to get online or upload and download apps and data.  We will also look at the devices’ built-in safety tools that you as a parent, teacher or gaurdian can utilyze to make your children safer.


The first smartphone to hit the tech market came long before the world-famous iPhone and industry-leading Samsung Galaxy.  It was a clunky device, but in 1995 IBM introduced the Simon Communicator which was a personal digital assistant (PDA) that could make calls, send and receive emails faxes and pages, take hand-written notes and anything a PDA could do.  Even with a battery that only lasted an hour, if you were lucky, this unit sold voer 50,000 units ranging from $599 to $1099 (Microsoft Research – Buxton Collection).  In 2001, the mobile device world moved at lightning speed into the modern era of devices with the Apple iPod.  This little device was able to store thousands of songs and allowed its owner to take music anywhere without being bound by bulky cd cases and the need to replace batteries.  It was an amazing step toward unlimited mobility that society has yet to fully grasp.  In 2007, Apple released the iPhone and offered applications or “apps” the user could download and use as they saw fit.  Initially, only apps available were produced by Apple, but they soon opened up to the idea of third-party apps being sold by them on Apple’s iTunes App Store.  The iPhone was the first smartphone that could access the internet through its cellular signal which gave the user an extraodinary ability to have the internet at the tips of their fingers at any time or place.