Kids are online all the time, but are they using it safely and making smart decisions? Nearly 80% of children between the ages of 0 and 5 use the Internet on at least a weekly basis in the United States. Steering children down a safe path can be challenging, particularly if you are of a “certain age.” What are us digital non-natives to do?

Online safety experts say communicating with your child is one of the most important things you can do.

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Online safety experts say communicating with your child is one of the most important things you can do. Learn where your child goes online and talk to him about the risks associated with posting personal information. Set ground rules and time limits. There are simple, easy-to-follow tips and guidelines for you at these sites:

For those of you with middle-schoolers, you also can help your child navigate the web with Digital Compass, a new, free app that AT&T has helped make possible through our support of Common Sense Media. It’s a tool designed to help start the conversation about digital citizenship between parents and their (almost) teenagers and help kids think about the real-world impact of their online choices. Go to DigitalCompass.org to get the app from Google Play or the App Store.

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about what else we’re doing to help people use the web safely and securely. In the meantime, remember that safe and secure use also includes your behavior while driving. Please don’t type, text or selfie while you’re behind the wheel. #ItCanWait

About the Author

Andrea Brands

Director, Consumer Safety and Education

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Since she began her career more than 20 years ago, Andrea Brands has had a varied career that includes high-level positions in government, political and corporate communications and public affairs – largely in the Chicago area of Illinois. She spearheads consumer education programs that include driver safety (AT&T’s anti-texting-while-driving campaign, It Can Wait) and online safety, where she has developed educational outreach programs for students, parents, external organizations, communities and seniors. Just recently, Ms. Brands was named AT&T’s first Director of Consumer Safety & Education, dedicated to empowering consumers with tools and information to help them use technology safely and efficiently.

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