Advancing technology and increased access to the internet have revolutionized the world around us and made it easy to interact and share information.  However, the availability of the internet and smart devices means that your children can access information at the click of a button.

AT&T Internet has parental control settings that help you keep your children safe and take control of your home Wi-Fi. You can block internet access for devices, set restrictions for internet use, and apply filters to schedule time limits or pause internet use.

The online world is an excellent source of information, but it can be dangerous and full of threats for your children. However, you can be cautious with the help of control tools that help you monitor and restrict internet access on your kids’ devices. Read on to find out how you can use AT&T internet parental controls to keep your children safe.

How Do I Set Parental Controls On AT&T Internet?

The AT&T internet parental controls allow you to control and customize internet access for up to 10 devices. You can set up child-specific filters on web pages, chat rooms and schedule downtime for each child. 

You can set up parental controls in the following steps:

  1. Log in to your registered AT&T account
  2. Go to settings and select the parental control
  3. Choose the devices you want to restrict and click Apply
  4. To add permitted websites, visit the website and click Add New
  5. Select save

Always remember to log out of parental controls after each session. If you forgot to log out, parental controls automatically log you out after 30 minutes of inactivity.

How Do I Block a Device from Connecting to The Internet?

If you want to prevent your kids from spending too much time browsing, you can block a device from accessing your home internet by following these steps:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Select connected devices off the menu
  3. Choose the device you want to block and click on block access
  4. Select Apply then ok.

You can restore a devices’ access to the internet by unblocking access on the blocked Wi-Fi devices panel. If you would like to learn more about AT&T, check out this article.

How to Restrict Internet Connections

If you do not want to block internet access but want to schedule downtime and set time restrictions, you can do so using the following steps:

  1. Log in to your account and choose the profile to edit
  2. Click on restricted time settings and turn on the downtime schedule
  3. Choose the specific day on the calendar
  4. Assign the specific time on the clock
  5. Select save

You can also pause internet access for a selected profile and select pause to restore access. However, blocked devices can still access the web by connecting to mobile networks. 

How To View and Keep Track of Data Usage on My Kids’ Device

The AT&T parental control allows you to generate your child’s web browsing history report. You can quickly check if your child is using too much data:

  1. Log in to your account using your credentials
  2. On the left-hand side, click the menu, then select data usage
  3. Select the data usage panel and click enable
  4. Click apply to view the data usage panel

The data usage report breaks down data usage to each device on your profile. You can use the data report to set up ground rules on data usage, restrict access, or scheduled downtime for your kids.

How Can I Keep My Kids Safe on The Internet?

The online world exposes children to dangerous cybercrimes, predators, bullying, and access to inappropriate videos and sites.

In addition to setting up parental controls, the following tips can help you to ensure your kids’ online safety:

  • Talk to your kids about online safety and the importance of not posting private information such as location, address, school, full name, and birthday online.
  • Teach them the importance of setting strong passwords and keeping them private. Please encourage them to always log out of their accounts when using shared computers.
  • Discuss the importance of using respectful language when engaging in online discussions and report inappropriate activities and comments with your kids.
  • Explain to your child the difference between adult and child-friendly content and the sites they cannot visit.
  • Talk to your kids about cyberbullying and online predators. Teach them the warning signs of online harassment and emphasize the importance of immediately reporting such incidences.

It is important to use age-appropriate language when teaching your child about online safety. Additionally, encourage them to report suspicious incidents by reassuring them that they will not get into trouble and they have no reason to feel embarrassed.

Conclusion

The availability of smart devices and the internet means that today’s children are more tech-savvy than their parents. While this means that they have access to more information, it also exposes them to online dangers. 

You can use AT&T parental control to block devices, schedule downtimes, and prevent access to various sites. In addition, you can keep your children safe by educating them about online safety.