CyberSafe Parent: Kids and Cell Phones
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Rose Suerdieck is a mother of four who shares common concerns with most parents these days.
“It’s so scary,” Suerdieck worried. “I just don’t want my young children falling victim to it.”
Suerdieck, of course, is talking about cell phones. Her oldest is 10-years-old and is on the fringe. She wants one but doesn’t need one.
“We do have an emergency phone and that is only for when she does not have an option for another adult,” Suerdieck said.
Abe Thompson is retired from the Navy and used to work for the National Security Agency. Now he runs cyber security company Secureset.
“You need to start thinking about what’s safe…how do I manage this, literally, a potential problem coming to my home.””
“You need to start thinking about what’s safe,” Thompson said. “How do I manage this, literally, a potential problem coming to my home.”
Thompson recommends constant monitoring of your child’s online activity.
“Controls you can find in the settings of devices,” Thompson said. “When parents aren’t in the room things happen. So, you want to set hours of acceptable use policy.”
He adds to step back over time as your child displays more and more responsibility.
Written by Scott Killbury of Fox 21 News, the rest of this story can be found at fox21news.com.