Parents used to worry about the company their children kept, where kids spent time after class, and messages they received from television, magazines, and other media. Today, parents have a new friend to add to the list of things they have to worry about – the Internet.
Children are spending a ton of time online – 1.6 hours a day! According the Nielsen company, children ages 2-11 years comprise nearly 10 percent of all internet users – and that number has been on the rise. They are watching videos, chatting with friends and strangers, searching for celebrity news, and stumbling upon any number of sites. With so much time spent online, parents are developing new techniques to mediate computer use, and some software giants have joined the cause.
One such company, Symantec Corporation, debuted its Norton Online Family software in 2009 to give parents tools to regulate their children’s online browsing. The best part? It’s free – just sign up here.
This program goes beyond simple website blocking. Parents can track which videos kids watch, how much time they spend online, block inappropriate sites based on pre-existing or customizable settings, set time limits for computer use, monitor social networks, chat, and even search terms. Norton Online Family will help you:
- Open communication around Internet behavior
- Build trust without you spying on your kids
- Set rules for Internet use and adjust them from anywhere
Sound like too much to keep track of? Take advantage of a discount from Norton and upgrade to Online Family Premiere at a low cost to unlock additional features including easy-to-understand weekly or monthly activity reports giving a snapshot of your child’s digital habits.
Whether your child uses a Mac, PC, Android, iPhone, or iPad device to browse the web, Norton Online Family can help you stay in the loop about your family’s Internet use. Stop worrying about what your kids are doing online and get the tools to open a dialogue and teach your children safe Internet behavior.