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Helping parents navigate an overwhelming online world

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Are you struggling with keeping up with the latest list of "bad sites" from which you need to protect your children?  You are not alone!

92 percent of 8-17 year olds in a recent Norton survey say they socialize online roughly five hours per week. 

The same survey found that parents are having a hard time setting rules to keep their kids safe because it was not around when they were a kid. 

Theresa Payton provides three safety tips that can help parents manage this growing problem.

  1. Rules – Set ground rules and monitor their usage
  2. Show – Show them safe surfing and how to avoid sites you don't want them to see
  3. Safe Zone - Allow access only through kid friendly sites or tools – keep the home computer where the family spends time

MONITORING TOOLS –

There are several tools that you can use to shape your kids' online activities.  This is getting easier to do thanks to improved options in software.

THE FREEBIES:

There are great free tools out there that you can use.  We are highlighting 3 tools you may want to explore:

Yoursphere Basic Service:  https://yoursphere.com/parent/dash/5738

Kidzui Basic Service:  http://www.kidzui.com/

Norton's Online Family Service:  https://onlinefamily.norton.com/familysafety/loginStart.fs

TOOLS FOR PURCHASE:

There are many wonderful products out there.  We are highlighting one tool called the PG KEY.  PG KEY Allows you to insert a "Parental Guidance" key card into any computer and it provides online safety tools while your kids surf. 

ADDITIONAL KIDS' ONLINE SAFETY RESOURCES:

There are many sources you can go to for advice regarding kids and online safety.

Parent Advocate Sue Scheff : http://www.suescheff.com/index.php

Linda Criddle – online consumer and kid safety expert: http://ilookbothways.com/

Dr. Michele Borba, Child Expert: http://www.micheleborba.com

Mary Kay Hoal, Child Internet Safety Expert: http://internet-safety.yoursphere.com

Monica Vila and her team cover kids online safety topics: http://www.theonlinemom.com/

Cammie at Moms Material: http://www.momsmaterial.com/

Perry Aftab and Perry Heston cover kids online safety issues: http://wiredmom.ning.com/

Oakland County Moms: http://www.oaklandcountymoms.com/

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