Thank you to the wonderful people at Verizon FIOS for sponsoring this article. All the views and opinions here are my own.
Anyone who talks to me or knows me in the real world knows that I truly enjoy the internet. Verizon FIOS is one of my favorite tech things. Most of the time I write about how the internet and technology can benefit entrepreneurs. Providing encouragement, inspiration and motivation to women to be their best at work and home is my joy and passion. Today I am writing all about the internet at home. My children and I enjoy the internet. We use it. We use it a lot. One of the reasons we use it so much is because our internet speed is so fast it as if the interwebs say to us, “Your wish is my command.”
My twins latest fascination is talking to the personal assistants in the phone and getting it to tell jokes, sing songs, and answer questions. The faster the internet allows the phone to answer questions, the more enjoyable it is for my children. I am not a parent who believes children should be kept away from the internet and technology. To the contrary, I think children should be taught to use technology and the internet. At the same time, I think children’s internet usage should be monitored, supervised and controlled. That is why I am glad that Verizon’s internet suite of products comes with several types of parental controls.
When you get to the Verizon FIOS home page, go to the section for internet and then navigate to the section for your router. That is where you will find the parental control options. This section is great for being able to turn internet service off only for certain devices that are connected to the internet at your house. The devices at your house are listed by name or IP address. Yesterday, I took the time to go through each connected devices and renamed each device a name I would remember. This means that I can go online and turn off internet access for one twin but not the other. Or I can turn internet access off on the twins phones and tablets, but allow them to use the internet on the computer for homework assignments. This means that when they are supposed to be doing homework, they won’t be texting or video conferencing with their big sister who is away at college. I like this also for times when my teenager is supposed to give me his phone, but claims he cannot find it. No more internet for him! This is an amazingly easy way to turn off the internet at bedtime also. It is one of my favorite, simple tools.
Verizon FIOS also comes with the Verizon Internet Security Suite Multi-Device Package which allows you to protect the devices in your home from harm on the internet. I have not installed this before on my machines. I have no idea why. But, last night I installed it and started to protect all the devices in my home. I started with my computer and will be adding my husband and children to the protection plan over the course of the next few days. I will write another blog article to let you know how it went.
So, don’t be afraid to let your children use the internet. Don’t send them out on the internet streets alone and unsupervised either. Just as you watch your children when they go to the park to play and you don’t let your underage children drink alcohol, don’t let your children loose on the internet without supervision and protection.
I am glad Verizon FIOS has tools in place to help me monitor my children on the internet and keep them safe. Go sign up for Verizon FIOS for your family and get the protection your family needs.