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Questions to ask When Buying a Smart TV

Questions to ask When Buying a Smart TV

Access to the Internet is everywhere!

When I speak to parents, I ask them to take inventory of all of the ways their family members can access the Internet. This includes public places like McDonalds, church youth group, a friend’s home, and anywhere else. Typically, it’s a long list! Do you have a smart TV that connects to your wireless Internet? Don’t forget to include that on the list!

Buying a Smart TV? Ask these questions!

Thanks to the UK Safer Internet Centre, we have a spectacular list of questions you can take to Best Buy to ask your sales associate.

Internet access: Smart TV’s create another doorway to the over one billion websites on the world wide web. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Is it possible to disable the internet browser (and lock it out) on the smart TV to prevent my child from surfing the web?
  • How can this TV be used to watch or download films and TV or listen to music? Can I restrict access to content based on age ratings?

Parental controls: Since mom and dad aren’t going to be there every time a child is using the smart TV, it should have parental controls that can be set and left, much like on a smartphone.

  • What parental controls are available on this smart TV?
  • Can I create user profiles for the TV to ensure I can set up a child account?

They also created questions related to Communication, Gaming, Apps, and Privacy, which you can read about by visiting their website.

Remember, in the digital age, there’s no place for passive parenting. We believe that parents who are observant, engaged and informed often have kids who learn to use technology well!

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Peace, Chris


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Living life to the full! That's why He died and how I try to live. I have an eclectic list of professional experience...CPA, business advisor, youth pastor, development director, now educational resource manager for Covenant Eyes. God shares wild ideas with me about life while I run. I want to show parents how to protect their kids from online dangers, which led to the creation of Protect Young Eyes. We recently created Virtue in Media, the first digital citizenship curriculum based on Scripture (

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