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Watching my kids computer

Discussion in 'All other topics' started by goddes1, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. The_Fiend

    The_Fiend Guest

    The simple answer is : just stand/sit there and watch what they do, IF this is a family computer.
    If this is the kids' private computer, then either use netnanny or similar to block whatever sites you want to block, and let the kids have their privacy.
    If you don't want them to chat to strangers, then tell them why they shouldn't do that.

    To tie in with my view of the entire privacy discussion, it's fairly simple : kids will be kids.
    Kids WILL do things they where forbidden to do.
    If they do, you punish them, and they learn from that.
    If you warn kids of the dangers of the internet, in the same way you warn them never to *insert cliché of choice about dirty or dangerous men here*, most kids will be bright enough to take those warnings seriously.
    I don't believe watching a kids every move and policing their every action is the answer.
    Letting them run amok without any supervision isn't good either, so my advice : find a median between those two that works.

    You can argue that the internet is rife with "sexual predators", but let's be honest, so is the real world.
    If you raise your kids like a proper parent, giving them privacy when they deserve it, and only taking it away when they are bad, i think you'll find they'll grow up just fine.
     
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  2. Thadias

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    Keep a computer for internet use in plain site. Never have a computer with internet access for your kids to use in there room. I am in my 40's but I use to be a kid and kids by nature are curious. If given a chance they will look at things they are not suppose to. Yes you need to trust your kids but you also need to be smart and protect your kids from the very bad things that have invaded our youth.
     
  3. Auslander

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    and here i was thinking this was finally dead. pointlessness for the lose.
     
  4. BiggieSma

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    Can't you work with some kind of internet site blocker? I think there are several programs that have blocked sites containing the words like: edited by ddp etc. Try this!
     
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  5. ddp

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    BiggieSma, post edited because of language.
     
  6. Ripper

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    As Aus said, this thread really has been drawn out a bit..

    I think the original poster should be more than set to do as they wish to their children's computers by now.

    Can we close it? >.<
     
  7. Auslander

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    we shouldn't *have* to close it. people should just stop being stupid.


    yeah, i'm in utopian dreamer mode today.
     
  8. ddp

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    aus, why are you in an utopian dreamer mode today?
     
  9. Ripper

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    No, we shouldn't, but that doesn't mean anything with all the hoohah-ing posting fools running around

    utopian dreamer mode? what does that feel like? :p
     
  10. Auslander

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    because i've been up on codeine, ddp.

    it feels great, jack. the stupid isn't getting to me as badly.

    more good news: my car isn't burning oil! crisis averted. though i will have to rip off one of the valve covers on my truck to swap out the seal. oil leak ftl. :-(
     
  11. Ripper

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    Wtf are you on codiene for? =S

    Hmm, less stupid is always a good thing >.<

    And, yes, oil leaks ftl! My central heating is broken @ present.. 'man who does' is coming to fix it soon lol (i hope)!
     
  12. Auslander

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    nearly broke my ankle tuesday....rolled it pretty bad. i have to walk around (life has demands) so i stole some of the leftover codeine from my dad's last jaw surgery to get me through the day.

    *edit*
    isn't it pretty warm up north now, jack?

    bad news: mumma's car is burning oil! oh noes! >.<
     
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  13. Ripper

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    Oh man, hope your ankle gets better soon!

    And yeah, it's warming up during the days but the nights aren't rly warm yet.. Meh, nothing a big jumper doesn't fix! :)

    Ghey @ burning oil!
     
  14. Auslander

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    it's on the road to recovery. i'll back at 100% by monday.

    jumper? what the fiend is that? :p

    it's probably just oil lost because she hasn't had a change in forever. crazy old woman.
     
  15. gerry1

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    You've probably read in the news recently that a federal judge here in Philly has just struck down recent internet porn laws on this subject saying that its not the role of the legislature or judiciary to step in and play parent so now it looks like the supreme court political cronies in black will be entertaining this subject once again. Its interesting how certain factions scream and yell when the courts or legislatures meddle in the way children are taught or disciplined yet take the exact opposite stance when they WON'T play parent. I guess its a case of wanting your cake and eating it too (having grown up speaking french, that is one english expression that I've yet to understand LOL!)

    I'm sure that you guys, Aus and Ripper, would agree with this Fed judge as do I; the government should not try to play parent and restrict everyone's first amendment rights because of kids curiostiy. Old farts like me who were around long before the internet can tell you that we had no problem finding our forbidden fruit LOL! Where we would disagree is in a parents role in supervising the kids internet activities. Eleven and twelve year olds will always have certain vulnerablities; its the developmental nature of the beast. I admit though that my opinion in this ongoing debate may be colored by my job .. I've had the misfortune of dealing with child molesters, sex offenders and predators so I'm a bit more inundated with that sort of perversion than the average joe ... and, working in a government building where the cops occupy three floors, I hear a lot of stories. Perhaps I'm way over-cautious because of this. I disagree that the thread is beating a dead horse ... its a facinating, albeit endless, subject.

    Can someone explain the expression "Beating a dead horse" to me LOL!
     
  16. Ripper

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    Ah right good good.

    Heh >.<


    Edit:

    Beating a dead horse is an idiom which means a particular request or line of conversation is already foreclosed, mooted, or otherwise resolved, and any attempt to continue it is futile.

    Taken from..
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beating_a_dead_horse

    Hehe, ;-)
     
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  17. Auslander

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    *nods at gerry* good points, amigo.

    "beating a dead horse" is just an old english colloquialism. not sure where it comes from, but it was along these lines: man hooks horse to cart to tow it. horse doesn't move, man beats it. horse still doesn't move, man beats the stubborn thing to death (irony: both sides are stubborn. relate *that* to pointless debate). real point: even when the horse is dead, the man continues to beat it.

    beating the dead horse accomplishes nothing. it doesn't move the cart and it doesn't punish the now-expired horse. yet the man keeps doing it, proving no point and wasting his energy/resources.

    *edit*
    dammit, ripper, i type all that up and you just do a link. boy, i'm gonna shave your head! :p
     
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  18. gerry1

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    LOL! Thanks for the explanations! When I was learning to speak english as a kid, these were the two most difficult things to understand: 1) The english use of the verb "to be" ... if someone said "He is sleeping", it made no sense at all because "He" & "Sleeping" aren't the least bit synonymous so how can one be the other? 2) Colloquialisms: French is very literal compared to english so "beating a dead horse" really raises and eyebrow when you're not use to such expressions LOL! I remember a woman speaking of an embarrassing incident when she added "Lord, did I have egg on my face!" I simply couldn't understand how that had any relevance to the conversation at all!
     
  19. Ripper

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    Lmao xP
     
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  20. Auslander

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    happy to help, gerry. english is indeed a mangled language; hence, i'm on the german boat. ^.^

    jack's gonna get it! XD
     

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