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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    It seems that the internet had little or nothing to do with this suicide, as the story noted that this "bullying" occured mainly at school. If anything, the internet seems to allow a better trail of evidence than simply verbal comminication of threats/taunting. Have NSA look into it.
    The kids bullying him set up false facebook accounts to mock him it sounds like. My opinion is that kids need to deal with bullies for sure. Otherwise they'll never grow up. However, the home should be a place to get away from the need to constantly confront bullies. To that end, I think parents who give their kids unfettered internet access (more or less) are exposing them to incessant bullying. I think most parents just don't understand how plugged in their kids really are online. Parenting fail.

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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Easy, and the same way you teach them how to swim - throw them in the deep end, and eventually they'll get it.
    Oh baby..you can't do that now!!!

    That is why we have obese children, playing computer games all day,, and never allowed out of the house unless they are with an armed guard!

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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    The kids bullying him set up false facebook accounts to mock him it sounds like. My opinion is that kids need to deal with bullies for sure. Otherwise they'll never grow up. However, the home should be a place to get away from the need to constantly confront bullies. To that end, I think parents who give their kids unfettered internet access (more or less) are exposing them to incessant bullying. I think most parents just don't understand how plugged in their kids really are online. Parenting fail.
    Parents can't sit with their kids at school..the internet is just an extension of this..

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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    With physical bullies..you can go home and they can't get you..with cyber bullies..they can..

    We have sites here that encourage young people to kill themselves..
    I visit sites and read the emails of only those that I wish to communicate with. As with this site, you are neither compelled to read nor to respond to my posts; it even has an ignore feature.
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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    Oh baby..you can't do that now!!!

    That is why we have obese children, playing computer games all day,, and never allowed out of the house unless they are with an armed guard!
    Sports-based extracurriculars are a good way to prevent that. Have a kid that's doing little league, pee-wee football, or swimming/gymnastics/etc. and they won't be afraid of the outside and glued to a computer. If you live close enough to a school that they can ride a bike to and from, instead of a bus, you can help there too.

    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.

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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    Another child commits suicide due to online bullying: Answers - and justice - remain elusive in 'bullied' Connecticut student's suicide | Fox News

    What are your thoughts about parenting and the internet?

    Are these parents to blame for recklessly exposing an adolescent to constant internet access? Is it ok for parents to allow their children essentially unfettered access to the internet? In the words of the child's parents:

    "I would look at his computer sometimes because he left it unlocked sometimes and to check on him I would read his email. He was talking about happy things. It seemed like he had friends to talk to. I didn't think I needed to look further."

    Sorry, no poll. Clicked submit before setting up the poll.
    I think parents who give their kids unfettered access to the online world are playing with fire. A child's computer should be in a public area of the house so that his parents easily understand how much time he/she is spending on it each day. And that time should be limited. Social network sites should be monitored regularly -- all passwords known by the parents. I personally would install spy software that showed me where my child was going on the internet as well.

    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.
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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    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).

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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    I visit sites and read the emails of only those that I wish to communicate with. As with this site, you are neither compelled to read nor to respond to my posts; it even has an ignore feature.
    that's good..but you don't go to school with them/don't live next door/or are a part of your social life!!

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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    MaggieD;I'd be a real bitch of a mom.
    : A Big STANDING O for you Mags .... You'd be a TERRIFIC mom !!

    Have a terrific day, Ms M.

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    Re: Parenting and the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Paine View Post
    : A Big STANDING O for you Mags .... You'd be a TERRIFIC mom !!

    Have a terrific day, Ms M.

    Thom Paine
    Nice sentiment MaggieD..but it don't work...If you don't have any kids..you have no idea!!

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