Friday, June 8, 2012

Safer, smarter surfing for kids!

Webnotes taken by: Theresa Payton, Fortalice, LLC. Content also covered in WBTV's Protecting Your Cyberturf segment featuring Kristen Miranda and Theresa Payton.

More and more parents are buying a smart phone for their kids.  Some for safety reasons and others as a way to stay in touch.  But that creates new dangers to worry about.  Who are they texting?  Are they being cyberbullied?  How would I know if they had bad things happening on that little super computer in their pocket?  

We have covered the horror stories for you before.  We talked to you about crazy cell phone bills and kids texting while driving with disastrous consequences.  The good news is, the phone companies seem to be listening and so are the software companies.  You have a lot more options than you might think.  Cyber expert, Theresa Payton, explain some of those options.  Keep in mind that most have a fee so check the fees before you sign.


1.  RISKY BUSINESS:  Want to be alerted if your kid texts let at night, gets texts from someone you don’t know, or is running up a large bill of downloads?  There’s an app for that!  Sprint offers  a mobile controls service.

2.  TEXTING WHILE DRIVING:  Many of the major phone companies let you add this service.  If the phone detects it is moving at 10 or more miles per hour, it will disable texting.

3.  TALK, TALK, TALK:  Most of the major carriers now let you limit outbound phone calls to specific days of the week or hours of the day but still allow 911 calls or calls to specific phone numbers.

4.  PUTTING GPS TO WORK FOR YOU:  Most of the major carriers let you set up zones and when your child leaves a zone it will notify you.  Some of them let you track where they are.  


SALTED HASH:  salted hash refers to a way of encrypting your passwords so they are harder to crack.  Hashing a password helps you encrypt it before it is stored.  Adding “salt” to the “hash” makes it a little harder for bad guys to decipher the code!


The following will guide you as to what your choices are, by carrier.



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