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Summer Internet Safety Tips for Parents

Summer break is quickly approaching and that means an abundance of free time for the children in your life. While there will be plenty of time spent outside, it is good to keep in mind some Internet safety topics to discuss with children to ensure their online experience is a positive one.

  1. Internet usage guidelines

Rather than telling them all the things they can’t do, have a conversation with your child about how long they are allowed online and what type of sites are OK or not OK. While you make the ultimate decision, show that you are listening to their opinions. Also discuss how to behave towards others when chatting, gaming, emailing, or messaging.

  1. The importance of privacy

While this depends on the age of the child, a simple rule for younger children could be that they should not give out their name, phone number or photo without a parent’s approval. Older children should be advised to be selective about what personal information they include on social networking, such as not including their address or telephone number on sites such as Facebook.

  1. Meeting online “friends”

The Internet can be a positive place for children to interact with other young people and ultimately make new friends. By discussing it ahead of time, your child is more likely to recognize if they’re talking to someone they shouldn’t be. This is a good way to keep the dialogue about Internet interaction between you and your children open.

Remember that the positive aspects of the Internet outweigh the negatives and that it is a wonderful educational and recreational resource. Let your child show you what they like to do online and discover it with them.

Don’t Get Caught in a Scam this Summer

While you may be ready to get away and relax this summer, credit card thieves are still working diligently to create convincing scams. Great Plains Communications wants to be sure that you enjoy your vacation to the fullest, without having to worry about scammers.


As you search through a multitude of websites, mapping out the best vacation for your family, beware of pop-ups. Some may look like they are from a recognizable source, with statements such as “Update Flash Player” or “Your AppleCare® needs updating” and “Call the number below.” DO NOT call a phone number on any pop-up. Be wary of any tech support unexpectedly contacting you, as many scammers will try to offer a “free security scan” – attempting to gain access to your computer by convincing you it is infected. If you are worried about the software on your computer, contact the company directly by opening a new window and going to their technical support. This way you will truly know you are speaking to someone from the company.

Email Scams

You have booked the hotels, picked your excursions, and now you wait for the confirmation emails. Your inbox feels overloaded with the price quotes that didn’t make the trip and hotels without a pool. This is the time to be extra careful when clicking through emails. We have included five steps to avoid taking the bait of a phishing scam, below.

2017 Summer Show Premieres

Summer premieres are on the horizon, and you won’t want to miss these new characters as their unique stories unfold. Jessica Biel returns to television in The Sinner, a murder mystery that will have you guessing. Midnight, Texas isn’t just about vampires and psychics, but what happens when the main character, Manfred finds himself among an array of both humans and supernatural beings, unknowing which are allies and which are not. You can find the trailers for these and other premieres below.


The Mist – June 22  (Spike)


The Bold Type – July 11  (Freeform)


Salvation – July 12  (CBS)


Midnight, Texas – July 25  (NBC)


The Sinner – August 2  (USA)


If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about what we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Setting Up Parental Controls

Summer vacation is just around the corner. It may not feel like it with the weather we’ve had this week, but most schools have just about a month left. This means the kids will be looking to fill their time. Keep your family protected with parental controls. While Great Plains Communications knows that no system can take the place of monitoring what media your kids consume, parental controls can make it a lot easier. This is an easy way to make sure that kids aren’t exposed to mature programming, or even the titles. When a program or channel is blocked, the user must enter a 4-digit pin to access the channel. That way, you can still enjoy all programming, but in a secure way.

These controls are set up right through your remote and are very easy to configure. Blocks can be set by channel, rating, or even specific show titles. The control is in your hands.

Here are the steps to setting up parental controls:

  • Press the Menu key on your remote
  • Select the Home Icon
  • Select Setup
  • Then select Locks Setup
    • Once you are in the Locks Setup screen, you will be asked to choose a 4-digit pin.
    • Once your pin has been selected, you will be given the following options:
      • TV Rating – Blocking by TV Rating. *Note that you must block every rating you wish to control. This means if you block an R rating, you will also need to block “adult” programming.
      • Movie Rating – This only affects movie channels such as STARZ, Cinemax, and HBO.
      • Channel Locks – This will allow you to block specific channels.
      • Master Lock – Allows you to remove locks, bypass a lock, or change your pin.
      • Adult Titles – This removes titles from adult video programs. The guide will only display the words “adult movie.”

Just a few steps ensure your family’s safe viewing habits. We do want to point out that your pin is exclusive to you and we do not keep a record of your entry. If you do forget your pin, we can reset your settings, but you would have to reprogram your preferences. We suggest keeping your number in a safe spot so that you don’t forget it.


If you have any additional questions about the parental controls, you can call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2015 GPC Summer Selfie Contest Winner

“Shout-outs to my bond for being a great date, Hometown Agency in Wauneta for the tickets, and GPC for sponsoring the concert. #GPCSummerSelfie”

That’s a wrap on our 2015 GPC Summer Selfie contest. We have our winner! Great Plains Communications would like to congratulate Nicole Kent of Benkelman, NE on winning a $250 Visa gift card and a selfie stick. When hearing she had won, Nicole responded:

“First, I would like to thank you for holding the Summer Selfie contest and for sponsoring the concerts at the Chase County Fair. I was very excited to get your message on Instagram! Thank you for everything you do for the area communities, and for choosing my photo as the winner!”

Keep a watch out for more Great Plains Communications promotions and help us in congratulating Nicole!

Happy Labor Day from Great Plains Communications!

The days are still warm, while the nights are starting to form a chill. There is just a bit more summer to be celebrated and the long Labor Day weekend invites you to do just that. No matter if you plan to travel with the family, grill out with friends or just relax in the fleeting Midwestern warmth, enjoy it. Great Plains Communications has teamed up with a few of our cable network channels to provide a little information on Labor Day, as well as some recipes and party tips to keep in mind this weekend.


Food Network: Beer Can Chicken on the Grill


Food Network: Smoky Black Bean Corn Salad


HGTV: 10 Outdoor Party Tips You Never Thought Of

Great Plains Communications hopes you have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Extra Time for your #GPCSummerSelfie

School has started and the days are getting just a little bit shorter already, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the little bit of summer that’s left. There’s still time to get one more camping trip in, roast one more marshmallow, or head to the lake to catch one more fish.

Great Plains Communications encourages you to extend your summer by extending the deadline on our #GPCSummerSelfie Contest to Friday, September 4. This is your last chance to show us how you summer by posting your best summer selfie. You could win a $250 Visa gift card and a selfie stick.

Here’s how to enter:

Follow us on Instagram @greatplains_comm

Allow @greatplains_comm to follow you on Instagram

Take a selfie showing what you enjoy most about summer

Tag @greatplains_comm in the photo and don’t forget #GPCSummerSelfie in your caption

OR post your selfie on our Facebook page

Extend your summer and show us your best selfie! There’s still time.

2015 GPC Summer Selfie Contest

Great Plains Communications is proud to announce we have arrived on Instagram! To help kick off our new social site, we want to share our excitement with you through our 2015 #GPCSummerSelfie Contest. Do you selfie with your dog? A cup of coffee? Or do you selfie with friends out for girls’ night? The Internet has been submerged in the ways of the selfie, and we want you to take that selfie and turn it summer for a chance to win $250 and a selfie stick from Great Plains Communications. Show us how you summer, if that means through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, it doesn’t matter as long as you tag us with our social tags listed below and don’t forget to include #GPCSummerSelfie in your caption.

Facebook: Great Plains Communications                         Twitter: GPC_Updates

Instagram: GreatPlains_Comm

Another way we are sharing our excitement is at the Red Willow County Fair in McCook, starting tomorrow July 22 through Sunday, July 26. We will be there ready to share information about our lowest prices on our fastest speeds coming to the area in August, accompanied by classic games like Plinko. You can even have a chance to win an HD TV at our booth.

So, no matter if you decide to take a shot at our Plinko board or show us how you summer through a #GPCSummerSelfie, just don’t forget to take part in the fun we have going this summer and a chance to win some big prizes.

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

We are officially in the Dog Days of summer, which means high temperatures and lack of ideas in keeping the kids busy. Though Great Plains Communications is a strong supporter and provider of telecommunications services, we believe it is important for children to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. We have come together with a few of our cable networks to provide some fun activities to keep in mind throughout these hot summer days.


Disney Channel – Throw a Disney Princess Party

Your little girl have a birthday this summer? Throw a Disney princess party with cupcakes and handmade decorations. Letting the kids create the decorations gives them satisfaction in seeing it all come together and a fun goodie to take home.

HGTV – Tie-Dye Bed Sheets

This is a great way to get the kids outside but it doesn’t take too long, in case the temperatures start to rise. Grab some white bed sheets and some dye and you have a fun and colorful activity.

Food Network – Get in the Kitchen

Some days it is just too hot to go outside. No problem, stay cool and get them cooking. There are a lot of things kids can do in the kitchen and they love to help out, especially if it means getting their hands a little dirty.

2015 Summer Series Premieres

Some days the summer heat seems just too hot and sitting on your couch with a Popsicle and a good show sounds too good to pass up. Here are some of Great Plains Communications’ favorite programs that have recently premiered. Beware of laughter, love triangles and sharks.

Shark Week: Discovery, July 5-12

Chasing Life: ABC Family, July 6

Hollywood Game Night: NBC, July 7, 2015

Let us know what you are watching this summer!

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