Where is your computer/game station located?
This question is really for people that are under 18. I'm curious where your computer and games stations are and how much supervision you have. Do you have a set time you can be online etc?
I just turned 19, but I figure I can still answer. :lol:
Desktop is in the office, laptop I use all around the house. Xbox and other consols are in the living room. Smartphone is always with me. As a younger teenager my Internet was monitored, but from 15 and on it wasn't. My parents let me figure out time management of responsibilities vs leisure time on my own, I never had set times.
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I'm now 21, but I figured I could answer regardless. xD
When I was younger (early-mid teens), I had my gaming system in my "den". (or whatever you want to call it. The other room that was mine, that wasn't my bedroom xD). Though I had a laptop, I typically preferred to use our desktop in the study, which was visible from the living room and dining room. That was just personal preference. I never had hours that I could or could not use it, unless I was in some sort of trouble.
I now keep my gaming system in the living room for my roomies to use if they want.
I started this thread because a lady at work acted like I was insane when I mentioned that my x-box and laptop were in the living room. I have an open floor layout so I can see the living room from the kitchen.
My son is 10 and he likes to play mine craft online. I listen to his conversations that he is having and I watch what he is playing. When he is on the computer, I monitor that as well. A lady at my work acted like I was insane when I mentioned that.
I don't see anything wrong with it????
I was given a lot of freedom at a young age.
I started out with the big desktop in the computer room - My parents didn't monitor me all the time, but they checked on me.
Then they bought me a laptop, which stayed in my room since then. I'm on my third laptop right now, still in my room. Of course, I'm over 18 now.
As for gaming systems, Always had a playstation of xbox somewhere. Had the old ps1 in my room at first, and a ps2 in the living room (We all liked to play it)
After that, ps2 upstairs with me and the xbox 360 and kinect downstairs. It wasn't for the purpose of monitoring me, it was because me and Mom liked to play Dragon Age and Dad liked to play Ace Combat/Halo. :lol: So we all had access.
Honestly I was never monitored - But I was a pretty chill kid. I just liked the internet a lot. By age thirteen I had a guy in a chat room say he could find out where I lived. I knew enough about computers (And the information my computer could put out to others) to laugh in his face- I had everything set up to where no one could find out anything about me from my laptop.
I don't think you're out of line by monitoring your son's computer and video game usage. There are lots of sketchy people out there...
Oops didn't see it was directed towards under 18. I'm 25, but when I was in high school and grade school in general, we had no computer/internet/cable/video games. I played outside and actually did things lol and I'm so glad I did.
I'm right at 18 so I figured I can still count? lol The video game systems that we have (that are family owned meaning I didn't buy) are connected to our TV in our living room. My video game systems were (till I moved out) located in my room on my TV. My brother had a system in his room because we only get cable on one TV so the games in our rooms were for when it was occupied.
I have a laptop I used around the house, my brother has a computer in his room and my mom has hers.
When I was growing up my mom was fairly leinent on monitoring us kids. Firstly she always had an open question/asking policy so if we found something about sex, drugs, alchohol that we wanted to know more about she let us ask away. My family encouraged us kids to do research and be educated when we wanted to know about things, to think for ourselves and make our own decisions/opinions. (With some limitations, they're weren't about to let us go watch porn or anything!) When internet became really exposed and prevalent she occasionally checked the history and if the gaming got out of hand threw us outside or told us to calm it down. We weren't monitored 24/7 but checked in on to make sure that we were keeping our toes in line and making sure that we weren't getting into anything we shouldn't be or talking to people who we shouldn't. Usually though we were outside, working, or when online looking up stuff on the white house, government or playing video games. We hardly ever talked to anyone online and spent time researching or gaming. haha In fact the only time I remember constantly using technology was during an ice storm (like before and after), that winter which snowed us in, and when it was too rainy to work outside.
I don't think your wrong for watching out for your kid. It's good to know that parents care about their childs safety and monitor that. Really the only problem I have is when parents do the 24/7 monitor like a prison. And I only have an issue with that because in my experience kids who were raised in that grew up into hard drugs, pregnancy and an overall bad ethic, or they were crazy and couldn't do so much as order a burger from a restaurant without asking their parents at 18 years old but that might just have been extenuating circumstances. But that's just me! It sounds to me that you're not one of those parents! ;)
Our Wii is the living room and so is my laptop. Our living room, dining room and kitchen are all one gigantic room so obviously they're in full view of everyone.
We have an office that is basically an un-used junk heap of a room. The dog's couch, the printer, all the networking stuff and hubby's desktop are in there along with my sewing machines and anything and everything nobody knew what to do with. Nobody goes in there or uses the computer but hubby. The rest of us haul our stuff into the main living area.
Our hallway "linen" closet right off the living room is the toy closet. I don't like kids holed up in their rooms. I'd rather try and navigate around legos on the living room carpet. Lil one has legos spread from here to tomorrow currently and the older one has the coffee table covered in a jewelry project. No TV's or computers are allowed in bedrooms.
I'm 17 and my computer time is limited to an hour a day, as is my sibling's (15 and 10). My mom requires us to ask before joining anything and my dad checks our computer's history weekly, but other than that I'm not really limited. I'm not allowed to use Skype, webcams, etc., though. I don't have a smart phone so no worries there, (my choice, not hers. I didn't want to pay the bill xD). Our desktops are in my brother's room and our front room. The laptop is only for dad's use. We have a wii and Xbox but I never, ever use them unless I'm watching Netflix so I really don't know what the time restriction on those are. I never asked because it doesn't really matter if I don't like using them xD
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