DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING?

Image from pixabay.
@Kandae11 (35967)
October 6, 2017 2:11pm CST
A little over a week ago, a WhatsApp contact of mine sent me a video which I found rather disturbing - cruel, vile and disgusting to say the least. I deleted it along with the particulars of that whatsapp contact who happened to be a business associate of mine. I must admit I do not know him that well but I was shocked and disappointed that he would send me such a video. After being unwilling exposed to the very dark side of the internet, I am wondering how well parents monitor what sites their children visit - is it even possible. If what I saw is an example of what can be seen with the click of a button - then it is no surprise that violence is on the increase and the moral fabric of society is rapidly decaying.
15 people like this
17 responses
@TRBRocks420 (75508)
• Banks, Oregon
6 Oct
They should no doubt keep a very good eye on them, a lot of disturbing stuff out there.
3 people like this
@Kandae11 (35967)
6 Oct
Parents should be more vigilant.
3 people like this
@Scrapper88 (1333)
• United States
6 Oct
I know a few parents that won't let their kids on the internet without parental supervision.
3 people like this
@Kandae11 (35967)
6 Oct
That's very good.
3 people like this
@suripunj (777)
• New Delhi, India
6 Oct
Completely agree.There must be certain restriction on the accessibility of information. But the basic problem personally with me is if i monitor my child she will also start monitoring me.
3 people like this
@Kandae11 (35967)
6 Oct
Do you need monitoring?
2 people like this
@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
6 Oct
So true. Some friends I used to have had... weird and disturbing taste in humor to say the least. :( Sorry you got exposed to that. -- no kids here and no plans to have them as far as that goes
2 people like this
@Kandae11 (35967)
6 Oct
You never know what the future holds. Anything can happen when you meet Mr. Right.
3 people like this
@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
6 Oct
@Kandae11 LOl. People keep saying. I've even given up on wanting to date any more. Fairly sure the feelings about kids won't change, but one never knows
@sabtraversa (12985)
• Italy
6 Oct
I think there should be a minimum age for children to use the internet. Unless they're hyper-supervised, because of a school project, for example. I got my first laptop with internet access when I was 12 or 13, and yes, some things are unavoidable. Some pictures or videos can be shocking, but what worries me the most are the strangers with bad intentions a child can find. Well, a good amount of trust and dialogue towards parents really helps. Stranger says: Don't tell mum. *runs to tell mum* That was me back then.
2 people like this
@Kandae11 (35967)
6 Oct
A very sensible you. Yes there are so many horror stories about what could happen when children - or teenagers talk to strangers on the internet. I know its difficult, but parents will have to be more vigilant.
2 people like this
@snowy22315 (45558)
• United States
6 Oct
I would report it to Whatsapp. They may not know what is being bandied about in the guise of entertainment.
2 people like this
@Kandae11 (35967)
6 Oct
I don't know if they would be willing or able to do anything about it. What I do know is that in future I'll take greater care when giving out my whatsapp number.
1 person likes this
@fishtiger58 (30346)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Oct
When my kids were young we only had one computer and it was in my dining room. so I always knew what they were looking at. These days they are grown so who knows what they look at lol.
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
7 Oct
You certainly can't supervise them now.
1 person likes this
@fishtiger58 (30346)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Oct
@Kandae11 Nope I don't even want to know what they are doing online
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
7 Oct
@fishtiger58 Its best not to. For the last two years my son has been living on his own in the city, I tried to train him well, so whatever he does now is up to him.
1 person likes this
@LeaPea2417 (19826)
• Toccoa, Georgia
7 Oct
At one time when my kids were young, we put a certain block on where they could visit online. I forget now the name of the "lock system".
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
7 Oct
I am happy to know there are measures that could be put in place.
1 person likes this
@nanette64 (17480)
• Fairfield, Texas
7 Oct
I don't think a lot of parents even pay attention @Kandae11 . They might use Parental Blocking for the TV but forget about what the computer has on it.
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
7 Oct
It is much harder to monitor the computer.
@kepweng (13389)
7 Oct
hope you guide them or some parents when watching tv right?
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
7 Oct
It is easier to supervise them with television - but much harder with the internet - and a tablet, smartphone or laptop in their room.
@bluesa (13427)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
7 Oct
Thankfully I don't have children, because this world today is hair raising. But I have received some disturbing videos, also deleted them and told the people who sent them that they need serious help and deleted them too. Sorry that happened to you. All we can do is be grateful for the delete button and hope that most of the people we know are decent and don't send disturbing videos or images.
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
7 Oct
I'd rather not know that part of the internet.
1 person likes this
@1hopefulman (27380)
• Canada
7 Oct
This business associate obviously does not know you well and now you have reason to not want to get to know him too well. It is disturbing to know and at times see what's out in this world.
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
7 Oct
It is - and most of us try to ignore it, but it can have serious results.
1 person likes this
@Ganma7 (2837)
7 Oct
Excellent writing and a real concern
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
7 Oct
Thanks. Just trying to bring more awareness to parents and others.
• United States
6 Oct
Yeah, I agree. It's horrifying some things that kids are discovering. I'm young and I'm not thinking of having kids in the next 10-15 yrs but I have no idea how it'll be then and how hard I'll have to work to manage/sensor things! It's a headache just thinking about it!
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
6 Oct
The important thing is to be aware and alert at all times. Who knows , those who call the shots will realize sooner than later that the internet is like a runaway train and will institute some sort of measures to rein it in somewhat.
1 person likes this
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
6 Oct
It is scary what children are exposed to. My DIL was letting her daughter (4 in December) watch videos while she combed out her wet hair after a bath and all of a sudden there was something disgusting on it. She grabbed it quickly and it was from a YouTube kids site, supposedly with vids aimed at kids. I won't say what it was but it was awful and very sick. It wasn't on long enough for my granddaughter to get a good look but now her mom pre-loads videos and music onto a certain place on her phone and locks up everything else. What a shame we have to do this but there are so many sick people in the world.
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
6 Oct
But that was supposed to be a site for kids. Adults are to blame for whatever children turn out to be - the good, the bad and the ugly.
1 person likes this
@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
6 Oct
That's the negative side of the internet; the gruesome, violent things that even children can see and think are just right. So saddening.
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (35967)
6 Oct
Then we wonder why the society is the way it is.
• Calgary, Alberta
9 Oct
Parents should install Netflix kids if they want their kids to watch something on their tablet instead of Youtube because Youtube have those Spiderman Elsa videos. Try to search Spiderman Elsa and watch one of those videos and see how inappropriate they are.