Helping parents navigate an overwhelming online world

Charlotte, NC - 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


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.


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

Yoursphere Basic Service:

Kidzui Basic Service:

Norton's Online Family Service:


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.


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

Parent Advocate Sue Scheff :

Linda Criddle – online consumer and kid safety expert:

Dr. Michele Borba, Child Expert:

Mary Kay Hoal, Child Internet Safety Expert:

Monica Vila and her team cover kids online safety topics:

Cammie at Moms Material:

Perry Aftab and Perry Heston cover kids online safety issues:

Oakland County Moms:

©2010 WBTV. All rights reserved.