MILWAUKEE — June is Internet safety month and it’s never too early to start talking to your kids about being safe on the web. Scott Hanson from U.S. Cellular joins Real Milwaukee to talk about some of the ways you can start the conversation with your kids.
U.S. Cellular suggests the following tips for parents to help facilitate conversations about using the Internet on mobile devices:
Have an agreement with your child(ren). U.S. Cellular has created a Parent-Child Agreement to help guide families’ conversations about mobile phone usage. The agreement focuses on safety and etiquette, and is customizable based on each family’s specific needs.
Discuss online sharing. Make sure your children know to never share personal information online, including their name, age, address, school or passwords. Remind them to communicate only with family or friends and not to answer unknown requests or texts.
Share photos appropriately: Kids may not know that once photos are online they are part of a public space, and can even be modified without their knowledge. Discuss appropriate use of sharing photos with friends and alert them to never post photos, which could contain information about where they live or be seen as inappropriate.
Use a protective app. The U.S. Cellular Family Protector app provides safety and security by monitoring your child’s location and mobile usage. This service allows parents to review their child’s calls and texts, and restrict certain websites and apps. Children can also send their parents an alert with the simple press of a button if they are in trouble or find themselves in an uncomfortable situation.
Source: Fox 6