What do you do to monitor your kids online?

Nataedwa - posted on 01/20/2017 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Been reading a lot about it lately and wondering what some more experienced moms have come up with. Do you use any apps or services or is it more about keeping electronics out in open spaces, or just trusting them 100%?

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Sarah - posted on 02/25/2017

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I agree! As parents we have to remember that we are not supposed to be best friends with our kids. Our job is to teach them to be safe, even if it means "invading their privacy". When my kids give me grief over their phones or computers, I simply remind them who pays for the service and I take the device away.

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My 8th grader has a phone and my 6th grader has an ipod (she doesn't get her phone until 7th grade) and they both turn their electronics in early on school nights. I do go through them sometimes. My 8th grader deletes as she texts, so I have confronted her that when she does that it makes me think she is hiding something. She told me that with me going through HER phone (I was laughing at that, because she doesn't pay the bill for that), I wasn't trusting her. Luckily I was checking up on her because she is obsessed witb Arriana Grande and she was FaceTimeing with a strange man, not kid, to get her videos for her Instagram. I was furious. I told her this is exactly why I check your phone...she isn't old enough to make the rignt choices and judgement of people, that is my job to teacher her. With my 6th grader, we sit down together and go through her text together pretty much every day (she has social skill issues, so that is why it is everyday). And that is how we handle the wonderful world of electronics...lol. good luck!

I also tell my kids that the Internet is like leaving your bedroom window wide open and letting strangers in or driving down the highway and just getting dropped off the side. Pretty scary!

Ev - posted on 02/02/2017

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Jk--it is hard to find people who think alike or do similar things where it comes to raising kids. People are depending on all these apps and programs to monitor their kids' phones, computers, tech gadgets and so forth. What they fail to get or understand is that kids can learn how to bypass all that stuff and still get to sites or places that they are not supposed to. Then the parents get surprised that their kids are seeing these places online or are communicating in an inapproprate way.

Jk - posted on 02/02/2017

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Natlie,

My husband and I did the same thing as Ev Witt did below. Had the computer out in a public area and had certain times and we monited them.

Ev - posted on 01/29/2017

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I had the computers in the main living area of the house. I gave them certain times to be on the computer and I was also on their facebook pages and other social media. I monitered it myself.

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