Keep Your Kids Safe Online

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and at CenturyLink, we’re proud to promote awareness of online safety and privacy. One of the ways we do that is by helping keep kids safe online.

The internet is a powerful tool for kids and their education, but it is equally important to educate yourself on the dangers and risks that lurk online. 

Over 45 million children ages 10-17 use the internet daily. Yet only one third of households are protecting their children with filtering or blocking software. 

1 in 5 youth have received a sexual solicitation or were approached online. 

22% of teenage girls and 18% of teenage boys say they have posted inappropriate photos or videos of themselves online

69% of teens regularly receive online communication from strangers and don’t tell a parent or caretaker.

So, let’s work together to keep our kids safe. Here are a few tips you can start today.

  1. Make sure your computers and devices are in a common area in your home. Just your presence can have a tremendous effect on your child’s online activity
  2. Set age appropriate rules, with time limits and enforce them. 
  3. Don’t Talk to Strangers is an important rule to have for online activity. Many online predators pretend to be children and 89% of solicitations of youth are made through chat and instant messaging. Remind your children about the dangers of giving out personal information such as name, location and age. Urge them to alert you if they encounter someone on the internet that they don’t know. 
  4. Review your social networking privacy settings and monitor your child’s activity.
  5. Restrict application downloads and set an expectation that new apps should only be downloaded once they have discussed its pros and cons with you or a trusted adult.

CenturyLink is proud to serve as a Champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and to do our part to assist families to stay safe online.

To learn more about what you can do to help educate your family and practice internet safety, follow the conversation online at #CyberAware and visit these websites:

www.stopthinkconnect.org

https://love146.org/action/online-safety/internet-safety-guide/

http://www.guardchild.com/statistics/

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