parents banning their kids from the internet

United States
January 3, 2007 9:54am CST
Okay, so I saw a talkshow the other day (dont remember what it was) and they were talking about the internet. There were girls who had been raped or almost raped. There was also a cam girl on there who took precautions to protect herself. What really caught my eye though, was the mother on there who didnt allow her daughter to access the internet because she knew of the dangers. She made a good arguement, but her daughter did also. Sometimes you need the internet for school work. I think that the mother should look into parental control if she is really concerened about it. She can block her from chat rooms and such. I dont think that she should completely ban her daughter, but just take precautions. Monitoring what she does on the internet. The pages she visits and such. What do you guys think about it? Give me your feed back.
6 responses
@tanaclark (570)
• United States
5 Jan 07
First of all it dont matter if its on the internet or outside your front door. Predators are everywhere. You have to teach your children of the dangers and teach them how to protect themselves in case god forbid something ever did happen. Making your child live a sheltered life is only going to make them nieve to the dangers of the world. They will go into the world trusting everyone if they arent allowed to experience how life really is. This is not a safe practice for childrens or adults. In this day and age children have to have internet it is practically a part of life. Its the future of the world. Nowadays alot of jobs require the knowledge of internet use and computers.
• United States
10 Jan 07
Yupp I completely agree with what you said. I know cause, well we didnt have internet till up to a couple years ago when we moved to Vegas. I know how easy it is to be convinced by someone online that they arent who they say they are.
• United States
27 Jan 07
I think banning is not a solution.we need to enhance the quality of contents on internet so that any body can be benefited
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
26 Aug 07
I'm a firm believer in putting keystroke loggers on a kids computer. Setting up any IM programs to log their conversations. Particularly if the kids will be using the computer without the parents being present. Full disclosure is up to the parents. I also think that parents should keep an open dialog about what goes on on the internet with their kids. Parents should do their best to supervise and monitor what their kids are looking at, who they're talking to and what they're talking about.
• United States
27 Aug 07
well im glad you do do something about it. Thank you for responding.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I monitor my kids. Their usually just looking for games anyways so its no big deal. There are some online games I do have to watch more carefully, frankly there are quite adolescent jerks on there. My youngest daughter has her chat effects turned off while she's playing. My older one is capable of dealing with it so her's are on. The problems come when parents let the internet be the babysitter & don't pay any attention. These cases are the ones that go wrong & get all the publicity. You can't shield your kids from everything otherwise when they get older & you turn them loose their unprepared. You just need to be there to play damage control & let them learn.
• United States
26 Aug 07
i agree with that. and when parents use the internet as babysitters...then they can only blame themselves if something happens. i know you can only do so much, but you should at least take some kind of interest so the kids know they are being watched
@sweetrose (137)
• Philippines
5 Jan 07
Kids today are very adventurous. They keep on experimenting. As parents, we have to vigilant with our children when they are doing something on the Net. We have to give them proper guidance regarding Internet.
• United States
10 Jan 07
Thank you for your response. I agree that children and teens are adventurous. Thats why we should just do the best we can to monitor what they do online.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I agree banning your kid from the internet is like banning them from tv or the library or the playground. You dont send them off into the unknown unsupervised. Use the parental controls, ban my space, and only allow them to IM an approved list from school. And still spy on them!
• United States
10 Jan 07
I only disagree with one thing you said. Banning myspace. I disagree because myspace is so widely used and so popular among the younger generation. So it is a favorite hotspot for younger people. Banning them from it will make them want it more. They could very well go to a friends house to use it if they arent able to at home. Thank you for your response.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Sometimes when you take something away completely from young children/teenagers it makes it seem all the more appealing. I don't think banishment is the answer, rather education.. because there will be a time when she is exposed to the internet and all the evil that does lurk within it, and if she is novice, she may very well fall to the traps her mother is desperately trying to protect her from.
• United States
10 Jan 07
This is true. I know a lot of kids who do what theyre told not to just in spite. I agree with your response. It could help out a lot of people. Thank you for your response.