What is Verizon Parental Control Center?
Verizon Parental Control Center is an internet safety organization directed toward parents who wish to set up a safe environment for the verizon wireless users in their family. Through the options of Usage Controls, Family Locator, and Content Filters, parents are able to design and monitor their own online experience for their family that best suits their needs. This organization is available for those who have access to verizon internet, whether it be from the computer, the TV, or from wireless devices such as cell phones. Some of the tools offered are free while others cost a fee.
Features of Parental Control Center
The following is a list of tools offered by Verizon Parental Control Center 1 :
- FIOS TV Parental Controls: This allows parents to set up a 4-digit PIN for certain questionable TV channels that they wish to be blocked from their children. It also allows parents to control content by allowing them to create their own ratings for certain shows and games. This tool is free for those who have verizon FIOS.
- Verizon Family Protection Parental Controls: This involves the computers at home as it allows parents to block certain websites as well as control who can have access to the internet and when. This tool is free for those who have verizon internet.
- Wireless Content Filters: This focuses on verizon wireless devices as it allows parents to create content filters that they deem appropriate based on the age and maturity of their children. These filters contain three levels: Children 7 Plus (much like a "G" rating for movies), Teens 13 Plus (much like a "PG-13" rating for movies), and Young Adults 17 Plus (much like an "R" rating for movies). This tool is free for those who have verizon wireless.
- Verizon Family Locator: This lets parents know where their children are at all times either through using the Web or cell phones. Parents can customize this tool to give them updates on where their children are at during the day (i.e. school, work, friend's house, etc) and updates on when their children leave their locations. This tool must be purchased for a fee (pricing depends on individual family's phone plan).
- Verizon Internet Security Suite: This protects your family from online threats. It offers anti-virus, anti-phishing, identity protection, and firewall protection, all powered by McAfee. This tool must be purchased for a fee (pricing depends on individual family's verizon internet plan).
Where can I learn more?
The website also includes articles on potential online threats such as cyberbullying and digital harrassment as well as guides to understanding popular sites such as facebook and youtube. You can view these articles here. An example YouTube video, How To: Manage Usage With Usage Controls from Verizon Wireless, can be found here.
If you wish to order any of the offers provided by Verizon Parental Control Center, click here.