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4 Easy Steps to Manage Your Family’s Internet Usage


February 08, 2019

In today’s digital world, the Internet can quickly become addicting. Here’s how to monitor your family’s Internet usage, ensure a safe browsing experience for your kids, and cut back on the amount of time your kids spend online.

1. How to monitor usage

The Xfinity app lets you check in on your home network from anywhere. It provides all the relevant information about your network at a glance: the number of devices connected, what those devices are, and how long they’ve been online.

If you want to turn WiFi off on a certain device, you can pause the connection for a set amount of time. This is a great tool for parents who want to make sure their kids sleep instead of play on the phone.

Plus, the Xfinity app will let you know who uses the most Internet during what period so you can keep tabs on sneaky Internet users, even if they hide under the covers while browsing Facebook.

2. Keep a lock on content

Not everything on the Internet is appropriate for children (or adults, either). If you want to make sure no adult content appears on any screens, you can turn on Parental Controls. This blocks access to websites that have any type of content that may be deemed unsuitable for all ages.

The Parental Controls will block graphic, violent, or pornographic content. While you can’t always control what your children might see, these settings will provide you some peace of mind.

3. Set up time restrictions

The Xfinity app allows you to establish restrictions on content within a certain timeframe. For example, if your kids go to bed at 8pm, you can turn off their devices’ access to the home network at exactly 8pm and reactivate it at 7:30am — after they’ve had time to get ready for school and eat their breakfast.

You can also turn on content filters only during certain periods. You can make sure your kids can’t access violent content while they browse the Web, but after their bedtime, you can catch up on the latest episode of Westworld.

4. Have more face time at dinnertime

The modern family often eats dinner around a quiet table as everyone browses on their phones, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Shut off WiFi access during this period and you can guarantee that your family communicates the right way — in the real world, not the virtual one.

Technology is here to stay, and it can be stressful trying to manage what your family sees and does on the Internet. With simple tools to manage your family’s devices and usage, Xfinity’s Internet packages allow you to easily take control of when, and how, your family uses the Web, so you can have peace of mind knowing that they are staying safe online. NOW Internet is a new high-speed home internet option

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