“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
When I was a kid I played baseball from tee-ball to starting varsity, and still had plenty of time to goof around on my Nintendo.
If my child earned it by good behavior, he'd have a cell phone without internet access. Unlimited texting and suitable minutes is enough.
If I saw that my child was bullying someone else? The cell phone's gone and so is internet access. For how long? Well, I'm not sure. But it'd be long enough to make an impression. If my child were interacting with kids who posted **** on their site or my kid's site, I would insist he unfriend the offender. If that didn't solve the problem, I'd change the password on his site and it'd be gone.
The freedoms we give our kids are earned perks, not entitlements. They're for his entertainment and enjoyment; for learning and developing social skills. And they are (would be) completely under my control to make sure that's how they're used.
I'd be a real bitch of a mom.
Thank you, Quazi!
Filters have improved, but are still limited. Parents can't spend the time to be completely on top of things that goes on the internet world, but they can limit what is going to be served to them. A lack of sanctioned social media accounts can be a good thing, but you can still run into the problem where they may go around you anyhow. You can't quite kill an email account, because the school system will increasingly rely upon them, and Google requires cellphone text messaging to gain access to an account if many accounts are created underneath the same network (such as the public school).
I was probably lucky in that online bullying wasn't prominent, because most people thought you were a nerd if you knew what Google was (instead of Yahoo or Altavista) or bought an iPod (I even had the "geeky" big earphones back then).
We're navigating new waters.
Last edited by Fiddytree; 09-13-13 at 04:20 PM.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
: A Big STANDING O for you Mags .... You'd be a TERRIFIC mom !!MaggieD;I'd be a real bitch of a mom.
Have a terrific day, Ms M.