I am pretty liberal with my kids when it comes to them using the computer and electronics in general. Up until recently they have only known to use Netflix and YouTube and I had the kids settings on them both.
But this summer we have opened our doors to the neighbourhood kids as well. They are older and they know how to use ALL of the interwebs and it makes me anxious when they are on my computer. My own kids I can ground and take away privileges but the neighbourhood ones will just tell their mom.
Furthermore, I don’t want my kids stumbling upon something by accident while searching for something else. Their spelling still leaves much to be desired so I can only assume that Google will give them all of the possibilities.
I am pretty open with my kids and I don’t hide much. I had a home birth and they were there and I tell them the truth when they ask. I believe in empowering children with knowledge and would never want to hear the “well I didn’t know” excuse. They know but that doesn’t mean that I approve of them watching it online or seeing anything that is inappropriate.
Bottom line-I need to know what my kids are watching when I can’t watch them. I need to know that they are safe and sound and especially when they are attempting to be bad.
Did you know?
*Most kids are first exposed to porn at less than 11 years of age?
*An unsolicited image is the beginning of a long battle with porn addiction?
*1 in 5 children ages 10-17 have been approached for sex online?
*57% of kids have accidentally accessed inappropriate material online?
*75% of these young people do not tell their parents about these incidents?
*The porn industry is now the 7th largest industry in the U.S.?
*Unprotected Internet access can lead to identity theft, cyberbullying, and social network dangers?
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My two oldest may be close in age but there is still parent them differently. They each have a user profile and I have customized it to what I will allow each to see.
The internet filter allows me to either block, warn or allow 18 different categories of online content. I have set it up right now in what I think will work for the kids but who knows what will happen in the next few days when we start to see what is blocked and allowed. Good thing is I can sign in to my account remotely to change the settings or completely disable the internet from any computer with an internet connection.
How? There is a time management option that lets me set the total number of internet hours a day. I have mine on from 9 to 8 because I want my kids to do their reading and workbooks before the computer.
I have a feeling if they misbehave I will be limiting or completely blocking them as we go along. They don’s spend more than an hour here and there anyways as they are outside currently but circumstances change.
I swear myself (like a sailor) but I don’t want my kids learning it from others. Luckily you can mask profanity so it shows up like this $*&#? on a web page and not the usual F-Bomb.
So since I can’t watch my kids on the computer all the time I love the reports and alerts option to my email so that I can know about exactly WHAT my kids are doing.
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My choices were to block porn, suicide, guns, mature and some others. If my kids ever had questions about these topics I would want them to hear the answer from me and not some unidentified website.
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