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Internet Safety Month Reminds Parents to Help Keep Kids Safe Online

Daily life and the way children interact online continue to evolve. This includes doing more schoolwork online, interacting with friends using mobile devices, and using social media. With so many aspects of children’s lives going digital, Internet Safety Month (June) is an important time to discuss and review expectations with your children to help them stay safe online.

In April 2021, the Pew Research Center followed many of the same parents it interviewed in a March 2020 study to ascertain their children’s use of technology and social media during the pandemic. This second survey saw a 9% year-over-year increase, with a share of parents saying their young child used digital devices and social media.

Additionally, according to a recent UScellular1 survey, parents are more likely to monitor their child’s online activities. In fact, 74% of parents say they talk to their kids about using apps and browsing the web safely and 68% of parents say they talk to their kids about sharing photos and appropriate videos.

“Internet Safety Month is a time to have conversations with our kids about digital literacy, safety and responsibility,” said Tabatha McKay, Regional Vice President/General Manager of UScellular in New England. . “More and more families rely on technology to allow their children to learn, be entertained and stay in touch with their friends. With extra time during the summer holidays, it’s important that kids and parents have the skills and resources to stay safe online.

Here are several resources compiled from UScellular to help parents educate children about the safe use of technology.

• Keeping children safe online. Using the resources available in Google’s Digital Wellbeing Family Guide, parents can decide with their children when it’s time to hand over their own device. By providing tools and resources for discussions about healthy digital habits and internet safety, parents and children can gain confidence with the new device added to their family.

• Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more active you can be in keeping your children safe online. A good place to start is talking with your child about online safety, accepting limitations, and helping them select age-appropriate websites and apps. UScellular’s Digital Family Matters website is a great resource for parents and children and also provides a Parent-Child Agreement to help facilitate discussion with children about cell phone use.

• Add a router accessory. There are many devices you can add to your home router, such as Disney’s Circle Plus and accompanying app, which allow you to monitor multiple connected devices, internet usage, restrict websites and specific applications, as well as suspend Internet access with just a touch of a button.

• Get expert advice. There are many sources for parents to select age-appropriate content online for children. One of them is Common Sense Media, a website that reviews apps, video games, TV/movies, and books, and tells parents exactly what they need to know about each.

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