Mommy Minute: Using apps to protect you kids

Published: Jul. 4, 2016 at 4:21 PM CDT
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In today's mommy minute segment we shared some ways to keep your kids safe if they have or use a cell phone or surf the internet.  In one study widely cited in the media, 42 percent of Internet users ages 10 to 17 said they viewed porn online in the past 12 months. And 66 percent of kids who said they saw porn online said they saw it accidentally, according to a 2007 study by the University of New Hampshire. Pornography is just one concern. There are hundreds of thousands of opportunities for children to encounter age-inappropriate content online. Without help parents cannot protect them from all of it. Here are some solutions:
1. Clean Router - this is a router you can hook up to your regular internet router to block certain websites on all smartphones, computers, gaming systems, etc. linked to your wireless internet.
2. Net Nanny - this is software you can download to each device you use.  It will allow you which websites are blocked and it can also help parents limit screen time for their children.
3. Screen Time App - this app allows parents to see which apps their children are downloading onto their smartphones.  It also allows parents to control when their kids use their cell phone and how much screen time they're allowed each day.
4. Canary App - this app alerts parents if their teen is texting while driving.  It can also alert parents when their teen exceeds a certain speed limit or leaves a certain area.

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