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RVA Parenting: 56 percent of kids 8-12 years old have cell phones

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A press release from Ooma, an internet security organization, finds that American kids spend 6-9 hours per day on the internet. 

The study also finds that 56 percent of children 8 to 12 years old have cell phones, and 21 percent of children under 8 use them.

So what can parents do to keep kids safe while they’re browsing?

CHOOSE THE RIGHT DEVICE
Android and i0S offer different security features. Pick the one that is right for your child.

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.

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.

ADJUST IN-APP SETTINGS
Many apps offer parental-control settings. For example, Netflix allows parents to set up filtered profiles for kids.

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.

For more details on how parents can keep their kids safe online, readers can read the full Ooma.com Parental Control Report here:

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