10 Internet Safety Tips From John Walsh
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Top 10 Tips for Parents to Help Keep Kids Safer Online
- Talk with your kids about Internet Safety. Talk to your kids regularly about what they do online and what they shouldn’t do. Research shows that kids whose parents talk to them about Internet safety are less likely to engage in risky behavior while online.
- Know which devices in your home have Internet access. The typical family uses 5 internet-enabled devices in the home. Most Internet Service Providers offer free software to protect the home computer. Cox customers can download free security suite software by visiting cox.com. Remind your kids that the same rules that apply to the home PC also apply to their mobile devices – wherever they use them.
- Use parental controls on all mobile devices. Start by activating basic parental control features located in the settings section of most devices. Click here to learn how to enable parental controls on some common mobile devices. You can download browser apps that provide website blocking and filtering by searching for kid friendly web browsers in online application stores.
- Tell your kids not to respond to online messages from people they’ve never met. According to a survey from Cox and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 42 percent of tweens (10- to 13-year olds) have received messages from people they’ve never met.
- Make sure your kids visit age-appropriate sites. When you hear your kids talk about a new website, check it out. If you approve the site, then sit with them as they visit the site to see what they do or learn. Find sites that promote learning, creativity, and that deepen your kids’ interests.
- Don't pass up password protection. Enable passwords on all mobile devices. That way your child will have to come to you enter the password so you’ll always be aware of when they are using the device.
- Have some rules about time and place for using mobile devices. Set limits on the amount of time your kids spend online using mobile devices. Don’t let them Instant Message if you don’t have monitoring software on the mobile device. Restrict time and sites for online gaming.
- Agree on downloads. What music is okay? Which video sites are okay? Don’t share your passwords with your kids that will allow them to download music, games, videos, etc. to mobile devices. If they need to download something, you should always be involved.
- Make sure kids feel safe to talk with you about their online activity. Your kids need to know that if anything suspicious, mean, or scary happens, they won’t get in trouble if they tell you or another a trusted adult.
- Be involved online. Parents are the role models for safe and smart use. Enjoy the good stuff together by joining social networks that your kids are involved in and by sharing favorite apps and helpful web sites.
Visit www.cox.com/takecharge for more tips and information.