Internet Safety Tips for Parents and Kids

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WildBlueDeals, an authorized WildBlue satellite internet dealer, offers internet safety tips to help keep your kids safe at home and school.

The internet is transforming the way kids communicate and learn on a daily basis. They use it to write class papers, chat with friends and much more. They are constantly online. In fact, the amount of time children ages 2-11 spend online increased by 63 percent over the last five years.* And for parents, it's more important than ever to monitor their children's internet activity. WildBlueDeals, an authorized dealer for WildBlue Communications - the leader in high-speed satellite internet - offers the following internet safety tips for kids and parents.

1.    Create rules for your kids - Create a list of Web sites that are okay to visit and let your kids know what types of Web sites are not allowed. You can also set time limits on internet usage, especially for after school if your child is not under close adult supervision.

2.    Be cautious with social networking sites - If your child is old enough to use sites like Facebook and Twitter, monitor their usage closely. Read all privacy settings on the site and make sure your child is not sharing too much information with others.

3.    Supervise usage - Keep computers in common areas of the house like the kitchen or near the living room so it's easy to keep and eye on your child's internet activity. You can also check internet search history or install software that will let you know exactly what your little one is doing online.

4.    Stay informed about school use - An increasing number of children get online at school. Talk to your child's teacher and find out how school internet activity is monitored.

5.    Encourage open discussions - Talk to your kids about the Web sites they frequently visit. Find out who they chat with online and keep an open line of communication. It's important that your child feels comfortable talking to you about what they see and do online.

Wild Blue Deals, LLC, is an authorized dealer of WildBlue Communications. WildBlue is a leading provider of high-speed broadband internet via satellite.

*According to a 2009 Nielsen study.

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