Old-Fashioned Parenting

Feb 21, 2012

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Children today are ready, willing, and able to use technology.   I have a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old.  They both have an iPod Touch, my 12-year-old bought an iPad2 using his life's saving, and both have access to a shared computer in the kitchen.  

Both kids have a Gmail account.  I give them access to technology because they pester me for it, their friends have it, and that's what I do for a living. They show me occasionally how to use these devices better than I know how.  They're tech smart, by birth, it seems. Other parents that I know have made the same comment. 

I do know they are not mature enough to know about sexual predators, cyberbullying, spam, malware, or pornography.  They do need to be protected against accidental and malicious exposure to those things.  I have to provide those tools, as a parent.

My kids are not mature enough to limit themselves to 1 hour a day of video gaming, web surfing, emailing, YouTubing, etc.  They also are not mature enough to know how much devices cost and to treat their devices with the same level of care that I take.  

I know that some parents create Facebook accounts for their younger children and pre-teens but don't really monitor the activity.  That's a huge mistake. Facebook is open to pornographers and spammers.

Parents have to get involved in a child's digital life.  No one else will do it for you and if you don't do it, you're opening your child up for failure.

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