Great Websites for Kids Selection Announced

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The Great Websites for Kids committee, comprised of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, has once again announced its annual selection of fun, educational sites for children. Recommended sites are organized by category: Animals, The Arts, History and Biography, Literature and Language, Mathematics and Computers, Reference Desk, Sciences and Social Sciences.

Parents and caregivers can view the complete list of age-appropriate online content now.

Celebrate Safer Internet Day Tomorrow

SID15Tuesday, Feb. 10, marks Safer Internet Day, organized each year to promote proper use of technology, especially among children. Hundreds of organizations celebrate the day, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

To take part in Safer Internet Day, visit the official website for a list of events. Suddenlink customers can also find related internet safety information on the following Web pages:

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Older Adults Learn New Tech Tricks

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The world of technology is an intimidating place for people of all ages, but older adults can find it particularly challenging. According to a recent post from The Connectivist, only 34 percent of adults 76 and older use the Internet.

The post offers in-depth suggestions for bridging the digital divide. Organizations such as Older Adults Technology Services and resources like SeniorNet provide training and support to seniors looking to learn about cable, Internet and other evolving technologies.

NCTA Launches New Parental Controls Site

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Cable offers a wide array of programming that serves diverse audiences. To help families manage the programming that comes into their homes, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has launched a new parental resource site, ControlwithCable.org.

The new site combines the existing ControlYourTV.org and PointSmartClickSafe.org into a single resource for parents looking to learn about cable’s parental controls. Users will find tools aimed at helping parents and caregivers manage their children’s television and online experiences.

Suddenlink customers can find related information on the following Web pages:

Parental Controls for i-Guide Users

Parental Controls for Online Viewing

Site Offers Advice for Digital Age Parents

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A recent article on A Platform for Good (PfG) provides guidance to parents navigating the modern digital world alongside their children. Understanding safety policies and online etiquette is becoming increasingly important for internet users of all ages.

According to the article, even young kids are tech-savvy, and frequently engage in video games, live chat feeds and social media platforms. The vast digital sphere can be frightening, but resources for protecting children online abound, including Suddenlink resources.

Learn to Use Technology Like Your Teen

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A Platform for Good (PfG), an interactive website aimed at helping parents and teens navigate the digital world, recommends reaching out to teens and young children for help accessing the latest technologies.

In a recent article, PfG asks, “Why not take advantage of the young expert in your home?” The site, originally launched by the Family Online Safety Institute, encourages parents to learn more about the social apps, entertainment and virtual worlds their children experience on a daily basis.

Sites Help Parents Navigate Media

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A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that the average 8-year old spends seven hours a day consuming digital entertainment in the form of TV, computers, smart phones and video games.

With summer vacation nearing, it’s a good time to discuss appropriate TV viewing and to activate or update parent control settings. Healthy Kids recommends several resources designed to help parents and caregivers navigate children’s media exposure.

For more tips, see our past posts, “Parental Controls at Your Fingertips” and “TV Boss Helps Manage Kids’ Viewing.”

Seymour, Texas, Gets Faster Internet Speeds

Effective yesterday, Suddenlink increased speeds for its Internet services in Seymour, Texas.

Services with download speeds of 256 Kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1 Megabit per second (Mbps) have been increased to 1 and 3 Mbps, respectively, and renamed accordingly Suddenlink High-Speed Internet 1.0 and 3.0.

Current customers in Seymour were upgraded to the new speeds automatically, at no added charge.

Three Towns Get Faster Internet Speeds

Effective yesterday, Suddenlink increased speeds for its Internet services in Center and Wellington, Texas, and Sallisaw, Okla.

Internet customers in Center and Sallisaw with download speeds of 1 Megabit per second (Mbps) and 10 Mbps have been increased to 3 and 15 Mbps, respectively.

Wellington customers with download speeds of 512 Kilobits per second (Kbps) and 3 Mbps also have been increased to 3 and 15 Mbps, respectively.

Current customers were upgraded to the new speeds automatically, at no added charge.

Breckenridge, Texas, Gets Faster Internet Speeds

This week, we increased the download speeds of our residential Internet services in Breckenridge, Texas.Services with download speeds of 512 Kilobits per second (Kbps) have been increased to 3 Megabits per second (Mbps) and renamed Suddenlink High-Speed Internet 3.0. Services with download speeds of 3 or 5 Mbps have been increased to 15 Mbps and renamed Suddenlink High-Speed Internet 15.0.

Current customers were upgraded to the new speeds automatically, at no added charge.