Early iPad safety tips

By Anne Collier

It’s something to think about – no filtering or other “parental control” tools for a wi-fi-enabled device that can go anywhere a kid can go. I’m referring to the iPad at the moment (because it’s so new, there’s no such software available for it), but the wi-fi-enabled mobility part is true of most phones that go with kids to school now (I hear a lot of parents didn’t think much about parental-control software before they bought kids iPod Touches for last winter’s holidays). Norton Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt is a mom who did think about her kids connecting to the Net with her new iPad – a lot (a lot in terms of how much they wanted to use it and a lot of thinking on her part about how to keep their use constructive). Basically, all there is for the iPad so far is the filtered search offered by the major search engines. Check out Marian’s advice for that under her “Browsing” subhead, and don’t miss what she says about video, apps, and security (YouTube’s new parental controls don’t work for the iPad yet). See also “Potential iPad glitch for families.”

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