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Kids and Internet Usage: The Surprising Facts

What do these numbers tell us? Parents need to do more to ensure that their child or teen is safe on the Internet. (Hint: These 10 parent-control apps can help.) On average, according to the Norton Online Living report, only one-third of parents worldwide set parental controls or monitor their child's Internet usage. What many do not realize is that communication with others online is available everywhere. Even online games have integrated instant messaging and chats - so quickly that most parents do not realize their children are interacting with complete strangers. Internet safety advocates from Symantec, an Internet security company, believe parents are in the dark about what their children are doing online, and that there is a clear digital divide between parents and their "cyber-savvy" children.

Q: How do you keep your kids safe while online?

Use child-protection software.

Limit time online.

They can take care of themselves.

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To help ensure that your child is staying safe while surfing the Internet, make sure he follows these rules:
  • Keep personal information private.
  • Reject "friend requests" from anyone he does not know.
  • Be wary of strangers who want to meet in person.
  • Report any suspicious behavior to you, the website, and the police, if necessary.
  • Computers and mobile devices are a part of life for most children today. The Internet can be an educational and informative place, but it can also pose risks and threaten the safety of children if used incorrectly. It is essential for parents to become familiar with the Internet in order to set rules and monitor their children's computer usage. Find more tips and information on children's Internet use and social networking sites.



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