Pompano Beach, Florida (PressExposure) July 23, 2009 -- The Internet is breaking down barriers in many ways, creating unlimited opportunities for kids to play and learn. But we, as parents, need to be smart about monitoring how they enter and interact in this vast virtual playground. BrandStarâs The Balancing Act TV show on Lifetime Television presents Marie Hattar, Vice President, Network Systems and Security Solutions for Cisco, a company that is a leader in Internet security and networking. Hattar discusses simple actions we can take to keep our kids safe online. The segment will air July 2nd and in the weeks that follow.
Perhaps the most important concept for young people to grasp is the fact that there is no such thing as privacy on the Internet. âThey should never share personal information online,â Hattar says. âItâs important to monitor their Internet usage closely.â
Hattar also suggests spending a few minutes reviewing the privacy options already provided by the devices and applications you want to use (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, browser, email, cell phone, and even the Wii).
Do you know which websites you can trust? Hattar urges you to âlook for ESRB and TRUSTe seals of approval.â
âYou can also block web sites you deem inappropriate with Home Network Defender powered by Trend Micro,â Hattar says. âIt allows you to set personalized rules â even restricting Internet access at specific times.â
âBecause Home Network Defender is a separate device on your home network,â she notes, âit helps outsmart even the most tech-savvy kids from altering controls and permissions on their PCs while also helping to protect inexperienced Internet users from inadvertently visiting compromising sites.â
This is the kind of reassurance parents need to feel comfortable about kidsâ web surfing habits,â said Doug Campbell, Executive Vice President for BrandStar Entertainment, the producers of The Balancing Act TV show. âEvery viewer with children can take a lesson from it.â
For more security tips, please visit http:// [http://www.linksysbycisco.com/keepkidssafe]
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