Kids and the Internet
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May 12th, 2006 01:29 PM
Kids and the Internet
I thought id post this because I found pics and such on my computer of the sort I wouldnt want to asociate with while trying to up load a pic I had taken of a knife.
while trying to rid my computer i tracked them down to a site that my son and lots of teens use called my space.
I wasnt aware that he could down load stuff like that maybe Im stupid about the Internet or didnt want to think he would download pics like these.
he is typically a good kid
this single dad thing is tough and all but, I did go in and cancel his account and increased the content guard.
also he has to have a password to use it now.
you can bet your last dollar I will be watching much closer now
thanks I hope I posted this in the right place.
protection of our loved ones im learning means all aspects of life & not just against a physical threat
May 12th, 2006 01:45 PM
In our house the "MY SPACE" is a big issue. My daughter has a my space page and we look at it and her friends regularly. You need to make sure that there is no personal info on the site. Pedofiles love this site because too many stupid kids put their personal info on it and they also tell there friends where they will be on Friday night.
What I like about it is that the kids these days are so stupid. We contacted a few of my daughters friends parents and gave them the heads up to look at their kids my space. The kids put on there how drunk they got Friday night and how they were planning it again for the next weekend. Sorry to be a snitch but as a youth leader for our church I need to make sure our youth make good choices and if they are going the wrong direction get it corrected.
There was a great show on Wednesday night on ABC I think that dealt with this issue. They set up a bunch of pervs on my space with a girl they thought was 13 and these 40+ year old men actually came to meet her. When they did they were confronted by the Primetime Live guy and he asked them questions about it. Then when they exited the cops were there to take them down.
Bottom line is your kid may not be doing anything bad but there are bad bad people out there looking for kids to take advantage of. Keep an eye on your computer. Ours is in the front room where we can see everything that goes on. Do not allow your kids to have internet access in their room. You are only asking for trouble. If you are already in trouble there is software on the market that emails you every keystroke, email and place your kid goes to on the net.
George Washington: "A free people ought to be armed."
May 12th, 2006 02:02 PM
thanks ill check in to that soft where
May 12th, 2006 02:10 PM
There's some more user friendly software out there than keyloggers if you don't want to sift keystrokes and all.
I'm not sure how these perform, just some of the better looking companies I found when I did a quick search.
I've worked a forensics job before where I had to sift keylogger information and it can get really old really fast. Especially, if the person is an active typer.
May 12th, 2006 02:28 PM
It's pretty amazing what kids are surrounded by (nearly everywhere) these days.
It's almost impossible to keep them totally isolated and away from influences that would sometimes be considered to be harmful or visually tasteless.
They get super-saturated daily with what used to be considered quite taboo...in days gone by.
I don't know how old your kid is but since computers are in every home these days...what he cannot seek out on your computer...he and his friends can easily find on any other computer.
Since all young kids have an extreme amount of curiosity about such things...maybe rather than restrict his access right away ~ You might want to try telling him first that when he can afford his own computer and pay for his own monthly Internet Access that he can then download whatever he wants to but, you don't want it on your own computer that you're paying for.
Often...if you give kids some adult type trust and a first chance to act responsibly...they will.
You should absolutely check to make sure that they do not post personal information on any MySpace type site.
May 12th, 2006 03:11 PM
Nancy and I are so lucky - our kids made it to responsible adulthood before the pervasive use of the internet. It is astounding now how dangerous it can really be, physically, emotionally, and financially. There are some excellent resources available, but as a "old" parent, one particular idea, makes a HUGE amount of common sense: keep the computer in a common area such as a family room. That may not work for older teens, but if you have "young 'uns", start them that way now.
Communicate on-line "security" with them constantly, with age appropriate language, use security software, and talk with them openly and honestly, and impart your values constantly. They will learn and grow up into adults you'll be proud of, but it takes tons of time and work, and gosh darn, there's never a perfect instruction manual!
"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."
May 12th, 2006 03:14 PM
Ditto: Rock & Glock
Said much better than I could have said it.
May 12th, 2006 04:16 PM
May 12th, 2006 04:17 PM
The amount of purile stuff out there these days is alarming - at least with regard to accessibility. Heck I am no prude but - some stuff is way beyond what any kids should see.
Probably good comm's with kids is one major thing, so as to be able to discuss the stuff, rationally and in a mature manner. And for sure as has been said - ZERO personal info - oh my, that is a time bomb.
I am relieved my own kids are way beyond this tho they will have to deal with it when their own kids get older. My step kids too are basically adult tho still rather too easily influenced IMO - however - they know enough now to be reasonably responsible.
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May 12th, 2006 06:37 PM
Actually, it's better today then when the internet first came out. When it came out and only the "rich" could afford it (I wasn't rich but I work in the Comm. Sq. on base and then got a used computer from DRMO and AOL) the things that are harder (and hopefully almost to completely impossible soon) was easy to get (intentionally or non-intentionally). The internet didn't have the controls that it does know and the pervs were loving it. AOL was really bad about allowing such stuff and then when mIRC came out, well, it was a wasteland of smut (mostly illegal).
IMHO, with the gov. cracking down harder now and everything, it's actually better than it was before.
May 12th, 2006 09:44 PM
I've heard this is a pretty good program for keep an eye on where they can go on the internet.
May 13th, 2006 12:05 AM
Our kids are all grown now too, but we took several steps years ago that kept them away from all of it. First and foremost, they did not (and still don't) touch my computer in any way. Ever. Second, they didn't get on the Internet until they got in high school. And, third, when they did get into high school, I got an AOL account in my name and set it up on their computer, placed in a common area. I set up the account for them, in my name, logged in under the "master account" and cranked up the parental controls so they couldn't get into chat rooms, have IM or access to any sinister websites. Lastly, I went through their computers periodically to check their trail. I found a couple of pretty mild porn pictures on our youngest son's computer once and deleted them without even bringing it up. I never found anything else. Later on I found that the pictures were emailed to him by a friend.
You can usually keep them safe, but you have to be diligent about it and stay in charge. If I received any guff about minding the rules I would have eliminated the AOL account and the computer. MySpace? It never would have been allowed in my house....
Coimhéad fearg fhear na foighde; Beware the anger of a patient man.
May 13th, 2006 12:44 PM
well yesterday was the first day of restricted access to the net lol. if it had only been a coupla pics like curiosity i would have let it go but there were quite a few and i know that boys at seventeen have active libidos and i to am not a prude but his younger brother uses the computer to and i dont want that stuff on mine but so far it didnt cause much of a fuss and the oldest apologised when i spoke with him in private he will be ok i think lol typical teen age boy well you all have a great day
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