Are you afraid of the internet for your kids?

Eronne - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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The Internet is the most amazing learning tool I've ever seen but it is also the scariest place on Earth for young children. It is very difficult to protect them from images that no child should see. How do you feel about it? What are you going to do?

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Carmen Ivelisse - posted on 10/21/2009

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My daughter is five years old, and I only allow her to use the computer with adult supervision. If I am not around she will go to other sites that I do not approve. It will be years before I allow her to get online without supervision. I as a mother need to protect my daughter, like one else could.

Paula - posted on 10/21/2009

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there are ways that you can monetor what sites your child goes on and you can block any sites that you don't want them on.

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Right now I'm not so worried. My daughter is turning 4 and she is only allowed on the computer when we are with her (mainly to 'type' to a grandparent). I let her use a couple of children's sites very occasionally - and set it all up for her. Maybe the situation will change in a few years, but hopefully by instilling a sense of responsibility and trust in children, fears will not be realised.

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Im definately not scared but I am a bit cautious but fortunatly it will be ages before she will really be able to use the computer. Her dad is a complete computer geek so there is no chance she wont be on it but I guess I am considering how to enforce things such as no private passwords when I do think about it. Although if she has to share with dad then maybe I wont have to worry coz then she aint gettin much net time anyway!

Jodi - posted on 10/21/2009

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I have parental controls on the kids' computer which are fairly tight. All of our kids are allowed to use it (ages 12,10 and 4). The youngest does not use the internet at all, the other two do. I allowed my 12 year old to open a facebook account, but I am the only one with the password, so he can only access it under total supervision. The reason I allowed him to have an account is because he plays Scrabble and a few of the word games with the extended family, all of whom live some distance from us. It also allows him to add family as friends so he can keep in touch remotely with them more easily. He is not allowed to upload photos or put personal information, he is not allowed to add anyone as a friend unless I approve, and his profile has virtually no information and is private.



I don't think any child should have a social networking page without 100% supervision from a parent. It really doesn't occur to them that some of the things they say can put them in danger.

Christine - posted on 10/21/2009

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I so agree with you and then all these young children have these Myspace accounts and lie about their age and post inapproiate pics, its sad and very scarey. I have a 9 yr old and he is wanting to start up an account and I told him that you need to be 18 to do it and that is when I found out children his age or doing this. No way, my computer stays locked and only I know the password and when he does get on I am right there monitoring his every move. He is only allowed to go to certain sites. There is just to much out there in cyberspace for his eyes.

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