In a world where tech encompasses more of our lives than ever, even the youngest among us are affected. The sight of three-year-olds using mobile devices like tablets and smartphones is indicative of an environment where even toddlers are acquiring technical prowess. This also means that from a very early age, kids are generating, saving, and storing data and information across a variety of devices and mediums. Whether they’re in high school and working on a major research project or seven-years-old and love taking photos, it can be inconvenient when one or more tech devices suddenly fails. Today, we’ll review some of the steps you should take if your kid’s tech suddenly fails.
Data Backup/Recovery Options
Depending on the device(s) and prior planning, you may be able to save and restore most (if not all) data that was lost. Through a combination of cloud-based services, data backup solutions, and damaged hard drive repair options, it is possible in most cases to recover any lost documents, files, games, apps, or other valuable forms of data. Ideally, you will already have a data backup solution setup so that you can get the most benefit out of it if the worst-case scenario ever happens. This is also a great way to keep track of your kid’s internet and tech usage and can help you spot troublesome behavior as soon as possible.
Device Repair/Replace Options
Once you’ve attempted to repair or recover any hard drive data and other resources, the next step is to consider whether the device(s) can be repaired. Different devices require different forms of maintenance, but there is likely a computer or tech store nearby that can render services. For cell phones, you’ll want to look for local companies that can repair them, as these stores have become commonplace over the past few years. In the case of a desktop or laptop computer, you’ll want to search for computer repair solutions nearby. In some cases, it may be as simple as replacing a small, inexpensive part or straightforward service.
Ultimately, the cost to repair the device stacked against replacing the device entirely will help you determine whether you should repair or replace. If you had good foresight, then you might even have a warranty that will cover the cost of repairing or replacing.
If you took out an insurance policy or warranty on the device(s) in question, then you may be able to easily repair or replace the device at no cost to you. In the event you did not have a warranty for the device and ultimately have to purchase a new one, it is critical that you consider investing in some protection plan. Not only do many manufacturers offer protection in some form for the devices they sell, but many retail stores also provide additional guarantees for a small fee.
Websites like NewEgg and Amazon offer these protection plans for relatively low costs and they can come in handy when catastrophe or failure strikes.