A new report from Ooma —a leading VoIP provider that offers cloud-based Internet security— details steps parents should keep their kids safe in the digital age.
Consider these shocking statistics:
- American kids spend 6-9 hours per day on the Internet
- 56% of children 8-12 own cell phones, and 21% of children under 8 use them
So what can parents do to keep kids safe while they’re browsing?
PARENTAL CONTROL STEPS:
#1 CHOOSE THE RIGHT DEVICE
Android and i0S offer different security features. Pick the one that is right for your child.
#2 FILTER CONTENT FOR YOUR ENTIRE HOME NETWORK
Some Internet service providers offer filtering options, while others—dynamic cloud-based services like Ooma Internet Security—interface with your router and modem and protect all devices on your network, allowing you to restrict access to dangerous websites.
#3 INSTALL A PARENTAL CONTROL TOOL
Parental controls are comprehensive tools designed to help parents keep kids safe, but the tricky part is that they must be installed on each individual device.
#4 ADJUST IN-APP SETTINGS
Many apps offer parental-control settings. For example, Netflix allows parents to set up filtered profiles for kids.
#5 TALK TO YOUR KIDS
Technological fixes only go so far. Good communication and an open dialogue with kids about online risk concerns and privacy helps them make good decisions online.