Living with a toddler is like watching a rogue country develop weapons of mass destruction. One day, you think your 1-year-old couldn’t possibly enrich uranium on his own and the next he’s learned how to pull your smartphone out of the nightstand drawer, turn the TV off while you’re watching it and grab a $500 tablet off your desk, just to bang it on the floor.
Recently, a 14-month old in Oregon bought a vintage car on eBay when she grabbed her father’s phone, and tapped a button in the app. While my son hasn’t done any online shopping yet, he managed to turn off my wife’s desktop computer by crawling over and hitting the power button. You can’t put the toddler genie back in the bottle, but you can take steps to protect your gear from the hands and mind of a preschool pillager. Here are six ways to toddler-proof your gadgets.
Whether you have a laptop that lives on your desk or a desktop tower that sits on the floor, it's easy for your little one to press the power button. Before you know it, your PC's shutting down and you're losing unsaved work. In Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you can disable the power button by selecting Power Options in the Windows control panel. Then click "Choose what the power buttons do" and select "Do Nothing" next to the power button option.
Mac OS X doesn't have power button disabling built in, but a third-party application called PowerBlock allows you to customize what the power button does. However, you must have a working knowlege of AppleScript.