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Parental Controls

Parental controls give you the power to Take Charge! of your digital life, including the cable television and high speed Internet connections as well as home security tools.

Parental Controls for Your Television

From the Discovery Channel to the Disney Channel, your kids can learn a lot from quality educational cable programming.  And you can decide what programming is most appropriate for your children.  Parental controls allow you to block television programs by channel, rating or time of day.  You can also limit the time periods children can watch TV.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to set up parental controls for cable television on most cable devices, including the Contour DVR and client receiver, non-Contour DVR and receiver and the Mini Box.

Video Resources from Common Sense Media*

*Common Sense Media is the nation’s leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.

 

Parent Tips: Picking Movies for Sensitive Kids

Parent Tips: How to Deal with Sexy Content in Movies and on TV

Parent Tips: Toddlers and TV


Parent Tips: Managing Media Violence

Parent Tips: Ways to Help Kids Make Sense of Breaking News

Parent Tips: Alcohol in the Media

Parental Controls for Internet Access

Parental control features are free for Cox High Speed Internet customers as part of your Cox Security Suite Powered by McAfee®. Parental controls allow you to customize safety features based on your child’s age and your family values.  For example, parents can:

  • Control the amount of time each child is allowed to spend online

  • Restrict access to only web sites that are designed for specifically for young children, and disable access to most web sites and searches

  • Give older children more freedom while blocking access to general categories of web sites (such as social networking, dating, gambling or e-commerce sites)

  • Give older children access to most of the Internet, while blocking specific a web site (or web sites) that your older child is not allowed to visit

It does not stop there.  Parents can also gain insight by receiving daily email reports on your children’s online activities, including a list of web sites they have visited, the amount of time they spent online, the number of attempts they made to go online during restricted time and any number of attempts they made to access blocked web sites.  This information can be used as a great conversation starter about the risks associated with excessive screen time and certain web sites (click here to learn more about the benefits of communicating with your children about Internet safety).*

For more information about Cox Security Suite Powered by McAfee, including parental control features, click here.  If you have any questions, or need help with downloading and customizing the Cox Security Suite, here is helpful information about Cox Tech Solutions.  More information is also available about Internet safety trends and tips.

 

Video Resources:

Parent Tip: Top Three Rules of Internet Safety

Parent Tip: Three Social Media Trends

Parent Tip: Your Kid's Online Identity

 

Your Home Phone and Home Safety

Your home phone is a great tool to help teach and protect your children. Take Control! by taking these opportunities to discuss home safety with your kids today: 

Teach Children When and How to Call 911: It’s an important lesson that children can learn at a young age. Make a game out of it!  Describe hypothetical situations and discuss the reasons why it would (or would not) justify a call to 911.

Prevent Oversharing: Long before they open their first social media account, children should start learning about what information is not appropriate to share.  The home phone is a great place to start.  You can empower your kids to Take Charge! of who they interact with and how.  Discuss how to screen calls through Caller ID, when to answer the phone and how to react to requests for personal information (such as “Are you home alone?”). 

Additional Safety Features Available Through Cox Digital Telephone Include:

ENHANCED 911 SERVICE

Your Cox Digital Telephone number is automatically linked to your home address.  Therefore, when you use Cox Digital Telephone to call 911, dispatchers will know exactly where you are calling from – even if you can’t speak – and you won’t need to spend precious time explaining your location over a cell phone.  And Enhanced 911 Service will automatically send your location and phone number ahead to emergency personnel.

FREE CALL-BLOCKING

You can protect your family, privacy and pocketbook by blocking long-distance calls, turning off caller ID and more. 

RELIABILITY

Crystal-clear audio helps you communicate efficiently and effectively, avoiding miscommunications due to garbled words or dropped calls.

TV CALLER ID

This feature helps monitor who is calling the house and when. Cox Digital Telephone customers can also view the names and numbers of incoming calls, and a list of incoming call history.

 

Parental Controls for Your Home

The benefits of home security are multi-fold for parents of teens.  By utilizing the technology available through Cox Homelife, parents can ensure that their teens have the best protection from intruders, safety hazards... and from occasional bad judgment.

A burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the United States, and Cox Homelife provides the peace of mind for both teens and parents that comes with protection.  According to recent research, most teens are left at home unsupervised on a regular basis.  And nearly half of those teens (46%) without a security system say they would feel safer at home with a security system.   

Cox Homelife also gives parents the ability to:

  • Supervise teens from afar in real time.  Nearly 1 in 3 teens say they've had a friend over in the last year without their parents' knowledge.  But parents can utilize Cox Homelife’s real-time text or email alerts sent whenever someone opens a door and literally see who is coming into your house.

  • Strategically place cameras within your home, and access Cox Homelife secure video monitoring via your smart phone or a web browser, so you can know in real time what’s happening at home.

  • View reports (such as a daily list of when doors were opened, closed and locked), which give parents the ability to verify when teens come and go.
For more information about the security and safety benefits offered by Cox Homelife, click here.