Authored by a Symantec employee
Twenty-first century moms and dads face bigger parenting challenges than their predecessors. They are responsible for raising a digital generation even as they themselves are figuring out what is right and wrong in this brave new cyber world.
While it is clear that the Internet has its fair share of pros and cons, the pros usually outweigh the cons, which still leaves parents wondering just how much information is too much information for their kids.
Even the best of kids have a natural tendency to push their boundaries, and it’s a parent’s job to push back and set limits. The growing human brain in children goes through a lot of changes, making children and adolescents incapable of consistently making smart choices. So it falls to the parent to do whatever it takes to protect their children during these crucial years.
Most devices that children use have some preinstalled parental controls, which provides some peace of mind for parents. However, kids will be kids, and in their quest to push boundaries, children will often try to find a way to work around parental controls. This is why every home network needs an ironclad security system.
The war against cybercrime starts at home
Lately, it seems as though a new threat or a new type of crime is created and executed just about every week. Even worse, often much of the damage is already done by the time the solution is identified and available. Therefore, it is critical that parents follow the two most important aspects of cyber security: 1) Talk about it and 2) Do something about it.
Talk about it
Online crime is a reality. So be a good source of information for your kids. By speaking openly and honestly with your children about the laws against piracy and possession of inappropriate material, you help them understand the ramifications of committing such crimes and minimize any potential trouble with law enforcement.
Do something about it
The next step a parent must take is to protect their home Wi-Fi connection. These days, a typical home has multiple Internet-connected devices. Some of these devices leave the house, connect to unsecured devices and bring home a host of malware and viruses. Therefore it is important to fortify the home router with a robust security system.
Catch threats coming and going
One great advantage of having a home router with excellent security system is that it can act as a “digital deadbolt” for your home network, catching and quarantining most malware and viruses before they can enter and infect other devices in the household.
An intelligent home router can also help protect children before they can fall victim to cybercrime by clicking on phishing emails, downloading malicious software, or compromising their identity when they unintentionally provide highly personal information — such as Social Security numbers and birth dates — to people they don’t know.
Use your resources
Then there’s the daunting task most parents now face: how to keep track of all the texts, emails, social media conversations and pictures that their kids are posting and viewing online? With all that goes on in a busy parent’s life, having an arsenal of technology to help protect your child’s online activity makes life that much easier.
Norton Core, a secure router from the makers of Norton Security, comes with a set of flexible, powerful tools that allow parents to monitor and manage screen time for each member of the household. Norton Core also offers unique features that include screen time controls and content filters by device. With Norton Core, you can pause the entire network (which is a good way to have device-free dinners). And you can control all of the Norton Core features with an easy-to-use app.
Having a router like Norton Core will also come in handy when some devices take up more bandwidth than the others, key when data limits are an issue. The Norton Core app allows parents to balance and control Internet usage for each device in the household.
The future of your family is now
Every day, little by little, we are building our future. As a parent, you can let your children explore the digital frontier and enable them to achieve their goals by reminding them to follow best practices when online, and keep them safe by securing your home network.
Symantec Corporation, the world’s leading cyber security company, allows organizations, governments, and people to secure their most important data wherever it lives. More than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton and LifeLock comprehensive digital safety platform to help protect their personal information, devices, home networks, and identities.
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