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Smartphone safety for kids ahead of gifting season

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(WKOW) -- One of the most asked for gifts this holiday season are smartphones.

The reality is, more than 50 percent of kids own a smartphone by age 11, according to Common Sense Media, and with the gadget comes dangers.

Monday on Wake Up Wisconsin, we talked to Titania Jordan from Bark.us, an internet safety solution.

She has 10 tips for parents before they put a bow on a smartphone and hand it over to their kids.

  1. Caution your kids on sending or posting images/videos online
  2. Know who your child is talking to online
  3. Make sure your kids choose non-identifying screen names
  4. Regulate screen time each day
  5. Make room for non-digital family time
  6. Avoid having phones in bedrooms (especially after a certain time)
  7. Don’t allow unsupervised YouTube time
  8. Join a parent tech education and community group such as https://www.facebook.com/groups/parentinggeeks/
  9. Require approval for every app download
  10. Talk openly and honestly about cyberbullying

Rebecca Ribley

Wake Up Wisconsin Anchor

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