The smart toy market is expected to reach $5.4 billion by 2024 – a technological advancement that reflects the increasing digital connectivity in today’s society. Children can learn to code and program whilst playing with their toys, which will help them with their education as well as arming them for future employment opportunities. However, application security experts warn that, “If it’s connected to the internet, you can’t treat it just like a child’s plaything.” Concerns are rising around the safety and ethics of giving children robots or smart devices as part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Are parents making their children vulnerable to hackers, if a smart toy is used on an unsecured WiFi network? Examples are already emerging of parents being advised to destroy toys due to safety concerns.
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