Internet safety for parents: John Walsh talks online safety tips for parents and their families

PHOENIX - John Walsh, the host of 'America's Most Wanted', is in Phoenix to help educate parents on online safety when it comes to protecting their family.

Walsh will be speaking at Mountain Sky Junior High School for the WESD Parent University. The event runs from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

5 tips for parents on online safety:

1. Talk with your kids about Internet Safety.

Talk to your kids regularly about what they do online and what they shouldn't do. Research shows that kids whose parents talk to them about Internet safety are less likely to engage in risky behavior while online.


2. Know which devices in your home have Internet access.

The typical family uses five internet-enabled devices in the home. Most Internet Service Providers offer free software to protect the home computer. Cox customers can download free security suite software by visiting http://www.cox.com .


3. Use parental controls on all mobile devices.

Remind your kids that the same rules that apply to the home PC also apply to their mobile devices - wherever they use them. Basic parental control features can be found in the settings section of most devices. Learn how to enable parental controls on some common mobile devices. You can download browser apps that provide website blocking and filtering by searching for kid friendly web browsers in online application stores.


4. Tell your kids not to respond to online messages from people they've never met.

According to a survey from Cox and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 42 percent of tweens (10- to 13-year olds) have received messages from people they've never met.


5. Make sure your kids visit age-appropriate sites.

When you hear your kids talk about a new website, check it out. If you approve the site, then sit with them as they visit the site to see what they do or learn. Find sites that promote learning, creativity, and that deepen your kids' interests.
 

For more safety tips, visit Cox.com/TakeCharge .

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