It’s amazing how some parents will worry themselves into a frenzy…
It’s amazing how some parents will worry themselves into a frenzy if their child is out an hour past curfew. Many will phone around looking or go out and drive the streets to make sure their teens are safe. It’s a typical reaction from caring and responsible parents.
Yet, it seems for many, that same worry doesn’t carry the same impact when it comes to those same teens being held up in a bedroom with a computer, or sitting in their own living room — oblivious to all that is around them — frantically texting on a cell phone.
How old should a child be before left to his/her own devices on a computer? How old should a child be before he/she should be allowed to own a cell phone? There would be a great variance in the answers for sure.
When teens are using computers, maybe having it in a common area is a safe rule to adopt. There’s not a lot of logic in allowing a 12 or 13 year-old to have a computer in his or her bedroom equipped with webcams and whatever else at their disposal and a locked door.
Responsible parents have always checked out the playgrounds their children play on, and until they are older, parents accompany their kids to these playgrounds or assign the task to a responsible adult.
When a kid is sitting on a computer, he or she is on a playground of a much greater scope; the dangers are countless, huge and scarier than falling off any monkey bar. No one should take for granted that just because they are home in their own houses that young people are safe.
Monitoring computer usage is not a sign of distrust towards the child. It’s a sign of a loving and caring parent making sure the one’s not to be trusted are not accessing your child through this method. It’s worth getting worried over.