John Walsh Safety Tips Tweet Up & $50 AmEx Gift Card Giveaway #CoxTakeCharge

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by on June 25, 2012

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As parents we work hard to ensure our kids safety, but as technology grows, so does the potential harm from digital media. TVs, video games, smartphones, tablets – the list goes on!  So many devices now have the internet on them, and it becomes more challenging, and even more important to talk to our kids about internet safety.

My oldest child is almost 7 years old, so he is very aware of the internet and different devices to access it. He doesn’t play on the computer yet, but he does play different educational games, and reads digital books on our iPad. What I have found so far, is that even with simple games or books, most programs have links for consumers to buy more products, and essentially access the internet. I’ve talked to him about what it means to “download” items, and he understands that he should always ask me or my husband before doing so. However, I also knew that it was important to password-protect those items, just in case he accidently clicked something.

As for the actual internet, I’m just not ready for my kids to be on it – and I’m not alone because 40% of parents interviewed by Cox named the internet as a source of concern when it comes to inappropriate content. 71% of those interviewed said that they would like a printed or online guide to help identify family-appropriate content, and block inappropriate content.

The good news is that Cox has created the Take Charge! website as a FREE resource guide to help families with the tools and resources they need to identify and control family-friendly content, while blocking the inappropriate “garbage” out there.  I recommend checking out the 10 Tips for Parents – it is information that we all need as parents. You’ll also find tips from John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted, for keeping your kids safe online.

And then, get ready to join in on a “Tweet Up” this Thursday, June 28th, to join John Walsh, the Boys & Girls Club, and other children’s advocates to discuss more ways to “Take Charge”.

What: Tweet Up with John Walsh, educators, Mom bloggers, Boys & Girls Club, Miles Obrien (CNN)  – and I will be there, too (@SavingSense)

When: Thursday, June 28th 6-7pm EST (3-4pm PST)

Follow: @Cox_Comm

Hashtag for the event: #CoxTakeCharge

Cox offers parental controls on cable boxes, too, so it helps parents monitor what they kids are exposed to on television. You can visit the Take Charge! website to learn how to activate these controls. You’ll also find tips for responsible Internet, TV, and telephone use; a family media usage contract; a resource list to help identify good educational programming; links to valuable web sites; ongoing features on protecting families; and games, quizzes, and other fun offerings that educate children about safe usage practices.

And to celebrate the awareness of child safety, I have a $50 American Express Gift Card for 1 lucky Saving Cents with Sense reader! This can help you save on you Cox monthly cable bill next month, too!

WIN IT!

1 Lucky Saving Cents with Sense reader will win $50 American Express Gift Card.

To Enter:

1) Leave a comment telling me how you try to keep your kids safe online or with TV programming.

EXTRA ENTRIES (You can do one or ALL of the following):

2) Subscribe to Saving Cents with Sense in a Reader or Email. Once you confirm your subscription, come back here and leave me a comment. If you are already a subscriber (thank you!), just leave me a comment!

3) Join the Saving Cents with Sense community on Facebook and then come back here to leave a comment telling me. Please feel free to let you know if you are a new fan, too, so I can welcome you!

4) Follow @SavingSense and tweet “I just entered to win a $50 AmEx Gift Card via @SavingSense & you can too http://tinyurl.com/6tejlv6 #CoxTakeCharge“. Then come back here to leave a comment and let me know.

****Please make sure you leave a comment for each entry! This giveaway ends Thursday, 6/28//12, at 11:59pm EST.

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