"These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities—including speech recognition and GPS options," the FBI wrote in July. "These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk."
While not every digitally connected toy is prone to be hacked, parents should heed warnings from security officials.
- Do your research online by reading reviews on sites that conduct cyber security research.
- Only connect toys to trusted and secured Wi-Fi networks.
- If possible, closely monitor your kid’s activity with the toys, including conversations and voice recordings.
- When not in use, turn the toy off, especially if the toy has a microphone or camera.
- Use strong and unique login passwords when creating user accounts.
- Provide minimal information for user accounts.
Here are some safety tips for parents, from the FBI: