Originally Posted by xDx
I believe parents should take a lot of responsibility of there childrens access to the web and websites. Just like they take responsibility for where they go in real life and who they telephone.
I agree that parents should take more responsibility for their kids, but many kids do not get enough supervision. And the kids are smarter than the parents about computers. My then 16 y/o son signed up for his own AOL acct with a fake name and fake credit card #. The only way we found out is that his father, who lives out of state, somehow got info that my ds was on-line. AOL has some kind of reporting that lets you know if someone has been on for over 2 hours, and luckily ds initially logged on from his dad's acct initially. AOL sent his dad an e-mail, and he notified us.
We do supervise our kids, and had separate accts on the computer, where the kids could log on without a password, and with no internet access. He used that to start his own acct. (He was grounded for so long after that! I do believe it was his first criminal act
Currently he gets about an hour a day on-line, and only when we are home. I do check in with him often, and talk about our rules, and read him articles like the one posted here. But there is some risk. As I said, he is smarter about computers than I am. He can delete cookies, etc, and cover his trail.
I am totally happy that TCS is a little over-cautious. That is the best way to get the predators to go somewhere else!
Scary info about altering pics of the kids. I have never posted pics of my kids on-line, even here at TCS. Just too paranoid, but now I see I have reason to be. And of course, I am cursed with the best looking children on the planet!
I think TCS rocks, and I am very glad to be a member!