What kind of parental controls do you have on your computer?

What type of parental controls do you have on your computer? What do you like about it, what do you not like?

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kristinas8

Asked by kristinas8 at 11:43 AM on Jan. 4, 2009 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • I don't have any, our computer sits in the living room where I can watch what they are doing at any time (I don't sit over thier shoulder), plus you can look in the files and see where each child has been so if I ever suspected anything that is where I would go looking.
    luckysevenwow

    Answer by luckysevenwow at 11:50 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • I do not have any either. Our computers are in the family room and I can see what the kids are getting into. Also, my DH works in computers so if I ever questions what the kids are doing he can go back in the history and see.

    I also trust that my children know what they can and can not do. If I find out they are going on a site they shouldn't then we talk to them about why.
    cornflakegirl3

    Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 11:56 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Well, that's what I've always done too, but we now have 2 extra laptops, 6 kids, no way to know who did what, when they're all over the house. Plus once it's done, it's done, you can discipline the kids, but what about what's already embedded in their minds?

    kristinas8

    Answer by kristinas8 at 11:58 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • I think it boils down to lifestyle as well as common sense. For us, we don't watch a lot of television and my son is growing up with other forms of entertainment. We maybe watch a total of two hours a week. As far as the computers - well the family computer will be in a central location where there is no privacy. While I don't plan on supervising every second I will let him know (fair warning) that I will occasionally check the sites he goes to. Also my husband is an IT professional so that helps to keep up to date with how computers work. Some parents know less than their kids do about computers. Cell phones, texting, whatever technology comes along....well we will use common sense. I am a big believer that it is a privilege and not a right so what can be given and earned can also be taken away at anytime. Rules? You bet! Its called safety.

    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 12:26 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Our 9 year old son has his homepage set to zilladog.com. It's a fantastic way for him to email ONLY the people I out in his buddy list and it only lets him browse the pages that are safe and allowed by the website. Places like Club Penguin, Disney, etc.. He loves it and we love that he is safe. The computer he uses in in the kitchen and we can see anything he does but we trust him 100% he would never do anything behind our backs any way.
    happyathomemum

    Answer by happyathomemum at 12:28 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • I don't have any parental controls but the only access my kids have to the internet is with my laptop, they have to ask my permission before using it and they have to let me know what they are doing on it.
    sammiesmom2000

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 1:32 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Kristinas8 you can still monitor it and know who was where, if they have thier own e-mail adress and search the web it is linked to that persons e-mail address. And a lot of times kids don't think to clear thier tool bars and it should pop down.

    I tried the parental controls, but I ran into a problem, they could search for nothing, and would always have to end up on mine so they could search for papers/test etc,..it was a bigger hassel then it was worth, so I gave them thier own e-mails and just go in periodically and check.
    luckysevenwow

    Answer by luckysevenwow at 2:17 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • I have no idea what your talking about what type of emails do that? They have yahoo emails, but it doesn't track anything.
    kristinas8

    Answer by kristinas8 at 3:31 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • We don't even have to be logged into our emails to search the web.
    kristinas8

    Answer by kristinas8 at 3:32 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Your screen name is your e-mail address (when you first sign onto the internet), are the kids working off of one main page and then have seperate e-mail address's through Yahoo?

    With mine (aol) I can have up to 7 screen names which is also thier e-mail address, so when they are on the computer under thier screen name, when they search the web, (in the "system tools" part of the computer, where you clear out cookies?) anywhere anybody has been is attatched to thier screen name.

    Does that help?
    luckysevenwow

    Answer by luckysevenwow at 3:50 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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