Google’s search engine may be the default for many of us, but you don’t have to set your little ones up on the company’s web browser, Chrome, which is surveillance central. My personal go-to for my kids is Mozilla’s privacy-centered Firefox, which isn’t in the ad business like Google. Firefox hates cookies and Facebook trackers as much as I do, and it blocks tons of them every day.
Is setting up my kids on Firefox going to stop data brokers from building profiles of them? Maybe not entirely. But it teaches them that privacy matters and, to a degree, it’s their choice.
Did You Know: Kids from ages 8 to 10 spend an average of six hours a day glued to their screens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By the time they turn 11, that number jumps to nine hours a day, including five hours of TV4.