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91% of Teens Access the Internet Through Mobile Devices—are They in Danger?

Ooma Internet SecurityIn today’s world, computers are everywhere. From home computers to small tablets and wearables, computers are now in every home, used by children and adults alike. And worse, all of these devices are vulnerable to hacking.

Nearly 96 million Americans (or 31% of the population) have had their Internet network, e-mail, or computer hacked or compromised. That’s according to the results of the Ooma.com Internet Security Survey—a survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by Ooma [http://www.ooma.com]. 

 Consider the following findings:

INTERNET BROWSING EXPOSES THE MAJORITY OF US TO DANGER

172 million Americans (or 54% of the population) have accidentally visited a website that infected their computer with a virus. A lack of awareness of which websites are phishing for their personal information or contain spyware, malware, or other threats leaves users exposed.

1 IN 5 AMERICANS ARE AWARE OF THE HACKING PROBLEM AND WANT TO SOLVE IT

70 million Americans (or 22% of the population) wish their devices were protected from online threats such as viruses, phishing, and malware. Other users are either unaware that such threats exist, or don’t know how to conduct safe searches, blacklist or whitelist domains, or filter content.

PARENTS WANT MORE CONTROL OVER WHERE THEIR KIDS GO ONLINE

38 million American parents (or 12%) wish they could block access to certain websites for their kids. This includes blocking inappropriate or explicit images from search engine results or restricting access to certain sites, but could also include preventing kids from visiting websites that might compromise a family device.

Ooma’s survey also gathered information about children’s use of computers. Consider these shocking statistics: 

>> American kids spend 6-9 hours per day on the Internet

>> 91% of teens access the Internet through mobile devices

>> 56% of children 8-12 own cell phones

>> 21% of children under 8 use smartphones

>> 38% of toddlers and babies under 2 have used a mobile device

So what can parents do to keep kids safe while they’re browsing on phones or tablets?

Ooma compiled a detailed follow-up report to help parents keep their kids out of trouble online.

*** OOMA.COM PARENTAL CONTROL REPORT ***

#1 CHOOSE THE RIGHT DEVICE

Android and i0S offer different security features. Pick the one that is right for your child.

#2 FILTER CONTENT FOR YOUR ENTIRE HOME NETWORK

Some Internet service providers offer filtering options, while others—dynamic cloud-based services like Ooma Internet Security—interface with your router and modem and protect all devices on your network, allowing you to restrict access to dangerous websites.

#3 INSTALL A PARENTAL CONTROL TOOL

Parental controls are comprehensive tools designed to help parents keep kids safe, but the tricky part is that they must be installed on each individual device.

#4 ADJUST IN-APP SETTINGS

Many apps offer parental-control settings. For example, Netflix allows parents to set up filtered profiles for kids.

#5 TALK TO YOUR KIDS

Technological fixes only go so far. Good communication and an open dialogue with kids about online risk concerns and privacy helps them make good decisions online.

According to Ooma—a leading VoIP provider that offers cloud-based Internet security—multi-device Internet security has become particularly important, as any given network supports multiple devices. With children alone consuming between 6 and 9 hours of media content per day, Ooma’s Zscaler-powered, DNS-based cloud security platform updates thousands of times per day to ensure highly effective protection.

For more information about how can keep all your computing devices protected at home with Ooma Internet Security, go http://www.ooma.com/home-internet-security/ .

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