Moms, we know just how hard it is to tend to your kids. After a long 8 hour day, you have to worry about feeding your children and making sure they’re happy. With all of these priorities, your home internet connection might be the least of your concerns.
But consider some of these shocking statistics:
American kids spend 6 to 9 hours per day on the Internet, not including
homework time. 9 in 10 teens go on the Internet with their mobile
devices, and more than half of children ages 8 to 12 own cellphones.
Meanwhile, 96 million Americans have had their Internet network, email,
or computer hacked or compromised. That’s according to online phone and
Internet security company Ooma.com’s [www.ooma.com] Internet Security Report—a national survey of 1,000 Americans.
As one might guess, looking at cat memes (eg, browsing the Internet) is
the main culprit behind compromised networks. 54% of the population has
accidentally visited a website that infected their computer with a
virus. This shows a lack of awareness of which websites are phishing for
personal information or contain malware even on the part of
sophisticated Internet users.
Now imagine how high that statistic jumps for children on the Internet.
It’s not hard to see why parents want more control over where their kids
go online. 38 million American parents wish they could block access to
certain websites for their kids. What do they want to restrict?
Inappropriate or explicit images would be blocked from appearing on
search results, of course. But parents could also prevent kids from
visiting certain websites that might compromise a family device. That’s
one less thing to worry about when your children are surfing the web
behind closed doors!
The Ooma.com survey simply quantifies the problem mothers and their
children have always faced when they browsed. But the sheer size of
these numbers suggests the need for preventative measures. Multi-device
Internet security is particularly important now that a single network
can support multiple devices—you need to be able to protect both your
children and yourself. Ooma's Zscaler-powered, DNS-based cloud security
platform [http://www.ooma.com/home-internet-security/] updates
thousands of times per day to ensure effective protection. You can take
a deep breath knowing your children won’t be directly compromising your
home network hundreds of times a day. And those cat videos can be
streamed worry-free after all.