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Published: Saturday, May 25 2013 6:00 a.m. MDT

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I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

No amount of 'Good' will come from giving your kids an iPad, tablet, or 'internet accessible' device without protecting them.

Here's some great advice:

1) Use a different DNS for protection at home. I use Family Shield (by OpenDNS). It's easy to add to most tablets.

How: On an iPad go to Settings > Wi-Fi > (tap your network name) > (tap DNS) > clear all current numbers and add "208.67.222.123, 208.67.220.123" (without quotes) instead. Those numbers are for Family Shield, but if you like a different DNS it's the same basic steps.

2) Use an internet browser with real protections, like K9 or something similar. Just search "K9" in the App Store and install it.

If you want to disable Safari so the only browser is K9...
Go to Settings > General > Restrictions > (add password if needed) > turn off Safari

Under Restrictions you'll also want to look under "Allowed Content" > tap on Apps > uncheck 17+ so kids can't download an unprotected internet browser. This will also help to avoid other inappropriate apps.

3) Protections aren't perfect. Parents checking history isn't perfect. Keep devices out in the open, not cornered away.

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Here's some great advice:

1. Relax

ppccmm
Provo, UT

Anyone who thinks it's time to relax in regards to internet safety is clueless to the dangers to our children.

jeanie
orem, UT

Ppccmm - you are spot on. Even the best of kids can get in trouble and parents need to be wise. Following Bill Shakespeare's advise is like sending young children to a really fun park alone with a few know predators wandering around. How foolish would that be?

I know it - great advise. Thanks!

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