Children on the Internet - your feelings?
So recently we have had some friends staying with us , they have 3 children aged between 7 and 14. Their parents have recently left back for christchurch to try and sort out what is left of their business etc etc and so the kids are staying on with us for a couple of weeks as they are attending the local school while things settle back down. This has led to some interesting questions regarding the internet.
My partner is a computer technician and so as such he has net nannied our internet connection up to the eyeballs and back, believe me - nothing is getting pass his blocks , dispite the 14 yr olds attempts to hack through. Their parents have basically said "treat them as if they are your own" and as they are under our roof I expect them to follow the same rules as the other children - we frequently have nephews and nieces etc staying with us , so same rule for everybody means no one feels hard done by - usually.
I am wondering what your rules re internet are (or if you are a child - and to me a child is anyone under the age of 18 , what are the rules your parents set for you using the internet?) I have no facebook , no forums (unless pre-vetted by us), no R rated material or material of questionable content, I am highly skeptical of online chat programs like msn and skype for kids - I don't see the need (except for if they're talking to family - alot of ours is overseas) if they want to talk to their friends , I think face to face is best - I am over tween girls getting into massive blowups over something that happened on facebook or msn. One big headache.
They tell me im a scrouge - I probably am but I just don't see the need for it all , for homework is one thing - and that is fine if you can't find it in books , then use the internet - but for anything else I really don't like it.
Theres no cellphone reception at our home so that isnt an issue - but I just hate to see kids sat at a computer all day or infront of the telly - I spent my youth outside playing in the creek or climbing trees - maybe Im just old with old values!!!
So tell me , what are your rules and feelings towards children on the internet?