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Should parents allow their children to surf the internet, or should they purchase internet provider services that filter online activities?

stevegtexas@aol.com 2011/06/25 16:25:59
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I think parents should purchase internet services that filter their childrens activities if they are really concerned about what their children are being exposed to.
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  • Shawna 2011/06/25 16:28:31
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    Shawna
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    But they should also be present themselves to see what their children are doing online. And know that by the time your child is 14 he will have hacked into and turned off the filter.

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  • Lulu's Mom 2011/07/01 22:29:35
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    Lulu's Mom
    +1
    The filters are good, but other conditions should be applied. As others have said here, make sure that the computer is in a part of the house where all can see what's going on. And have time restrictions. They can only be on it so many hours a day and have hours set. If they abuse it, it gets taken away. Also, check to see who your kids are talking to and what sites they are looking up.
  • Beccy 2011/06/27 00:29:34
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    Beccy
    +1
    I think that parents need to supervise their children while they are on the computer
  • Andrew 2011/06/26 20:31:44
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    Andrew
    +1
    The best thing to do is to buy something which will filter anything harmful from the computer, because sometimes kids are required to use the computer for school work, etc.
  • ELLIE 2011/06/26 10:01:33
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    ELLIE
    +1
    You can never be save enough when your children are on the net.Keeping a close eye on their ativities are essential,but everyone should remember that children are no angels either.
  • Mary McCord 2011/06/26 08:50:37
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    Mary McCord
    +1
    I think that parents should trust their kids. I they are really worried about it then get a filter. Not allowing them will only lead to the kid going on it without permission .
  • stevegt... Mary Mc... 2011/06/28 15:23:29 (edited)
  • arose13 2011/06/25 22:52:11
    Undecided
    arose13
    +1
    Children will find a way to use the Internet no matter what a parent does to try & prevent it. They do just about anything they please once they are around 13 years old. I have tried everything I know, including going to my priest. NOTHING WORKS!! So I would say, keep your fingers crossed, pray & hope for the best. We have NO control over what they do once they walk out the door. There are computers in libraries, drug stores, Walmart & almost everywhere, which leaves a parent without ANY choices or authority over what thier kids prefer to do on the Internet. Take that to the bank!
  • stevegt... arose13 2011/06/28 15:29:06 (edited)
  • bob h. 2011/06/25 22:28:27
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    bob h.
    +1
    Parents should filter the net. The kid might surf FOX5 and start believing that garbage. Brain porn.
  • stevegt... bob h. 2011/06/28 15:30:47 (edited)
  • Dogfather 2011/06/25 21:29:00
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    Dogfather
    +2
    Parents also need to be aware that their kids can also learn to bypass any filters and learn to monitor and track what sites they visit. They don't need to be snooping emails or stalking their facebook activity (there is a line, even with your kids) unless it's really necessary. Parents need to be parents. It's not like when I was a kid when all our parents were worried about was if we actually went to the movies or snuck off to the billiards.
  • stevegt... Dogfather 2011/06/28 15:32:48 (edited)
  • cellophane 2011/06/25 21:23:32
    Undecided
    cellophane
    +1
    Parents concerned about their children's activities online should keep their money and personally monitor their children's online usage.
  • stevegt... cellophane 2011/06/28 15:35:06
  • cellophane stevegt... 2011/06/28 20:20:03
    cellophane
    If you can be a stay at home parent, that's fine. But you don't have to monitor it in real time. But you do have to keep the logs of which IP addresses are being visited, actively monitor where the kids have been, and crack down on them hard for going places Mom and Dad have restricted them from.
  • stevegt... cellophane 2011/07/08 17:03:27
  • cellophane stevegt... 2011/07/09 04:27:36
    cellophane
    That's where you and I apparently differ in our parenting styles. I was always less worried about what my kids happen to run across than what they chose to partake of. I didn't have to worry about Internet then, but it might have actually been easier to monitor. It would suffice for me to know where they went, know whether they returned to that site, and have a sit-down talk with them based on the intelligence I had gathered. I would not be interested in a filter - filters are dumb and can't differentiate between information and pornography.
  • stevegt... cellophane 2012/11/29 20:16:21
  • Lerro DeHazel 2011/06/25 20:56:49
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    Lerro DeHazel
    +2
    There is always room for Parents to protect their own children . . .
  • arose13 Lerro D... 2011/06/25 22:55:55
    arose13
    +1
    Sorry, I disagree, unless your children are still babies. Once they are teens, you lose ALL control over what they choose to do.
  • Lerro D... arose13 2011/06/25 23:01:12
    Lerro DeHazel
    +1
    You are totally totally totally wrong and you are a lazy ass parent!!! Don't have them if you can't protect them. We can't do it for you!!
  • stevegt... Lerro D... 2011/06/28 15:40:19
  • stevegt... arose13 2011/06/28 15:39:11 (edited)
  • lol arose13 2012/11/29 18:31:05
    lol
    +2
    I Agree
  • stevegt... Lerro D... 2011/06/28 15:36:16
  • Bob 2011/06/25 20:51:12
    Undecided
    Bob
    how about simply using browser available Parental Controls which can be set to filter extensively and hence no need to pay additional fees, subscriptions, or buy external components which will simply load RAM more.
  • stevegt... Bob 2011/06/28 15:41:31
  • Bob stevegt... 2011/06/28 18:04:14
    Bob
    ummm, why add more load upon your system by using external software, when it is already available and running when the browser is used?
  • stevegt... Bob 2011/06/28 19:13:11
  • Bob stevegt... 2011/06/28 20:52:44
    Bob
    I have NO problem with Kid Control... More parents should do much more than they do.
  • stevegt... Bob 2012/11/29 20:17:14
  • Angi 2011/06/25 20:33:49
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    Angi
    +1
    The internet is not a safe place and neither is a busy road. You would hold your childs hand to cross the road, you would check out a school. So the internet needs safeguards because there are dangers for children online.
  • stevegt... Angi 2011/06/28 15:42:02 (edited)
  • Angi stevegt... 2011/07/03 17:54:41
    Angi
    I agree.
  • lol Angi 2012/11/29 18:30:27
    lol
    +4
    Bt Then Your Children Would Go To Your Cumputer
  • Angi lol 2012/12/08 16:15:45
    Angi
    Makes no difference we have a option for them to go on safe search and we teach them of the dangers of the internet and they listen.
  • David 2011/06/25 19:42:31
    Undecided
    David
    +1
    Not undecided. The issue isn't as cut and dried as presented in the question. Parents _are_ responsible for proper supervision of their children's activities, online or off. Internet filter services don't relieve them of that responsibility, and none of them are as effective as filtering PLUS active parental involvement/supervision.

    But paying for filtering? *feh* Only lazy bums (or lazy ignoramuses) with poor money management skills (or more money than they have sense) do that, IMO. Free services that also allow IP logging, etc., are widely available, and with some active parental involvement provide good tools for supervision and granular filtration management.

    With active involvement by parents directly administering controls over online activity, the best outcome will be learning experiences for both parents and children: experiences where both learn to be responsible "netizens".
  • stevegt... David 2011/06/28 15:45:01
  • ernest debrew 2011/06/25 19:32:01
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    ernest debrew
    Yeah, parents should have separate computers for them and their children.

    For their computers, they can do whatever.

    For their children's computers, they can block or do whatever is necessary so that kids would not access or be exposed to porn and other inappropriate websites.
  • Josef 2011/06/25 19:11:44
    a. parents concerned about their childrens activities online should purchase...
    Josef
    +1
    Internet is part of today‘s life. If they are smart enough to hack the filters, they should also be smart enough to handle what they see.

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