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post #11 of 20 Old 09-02-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
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. 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.
It is very easy for a predator to figure things out from things you say such as:

I live in pick a state....
"I'm in middle school" This pin points the age to what? 12-14ish?
"I am a halfback on my soccer team for my School" easy enough to figure out what schools have soccer teams
Then you have things like my school colors are or my mascot is my team uniform is and bam... He's got you.

They do it slowly over time so one conversation may not do it but after a few weeks of stalking someone... you can usually get it......

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post #12 of 20 Old 09-03-2013, 01:33 PM
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^ Yes, that is very true.

At my young age though, I thought I was cool. I never told the truth. I told about the horses but I said I lived in a different state. I said I played more sports that I'd never played. I essentially had a fake life online until I was about thirteen. Not only that, but I had little interest in talking to people. I did because I got bored, but I very rarely talked to one person for any length of time. Normally I stayed in group chats or on Omegle. I preferred forums. I played Neopets, DogRealm, Virtual Horse, etc until I grew into Tumblr, HF, Facebook, a couple roleplaying and fanfiction sites, etc.

I feel, as a personal thing, that there is no problem with you monitoring your son. I feel that's responsible, not all kids were like me who were quiet and knew how to be cautious and stay out of trouble. However, (And I don't AT ALL think you're this type of parent) I have problems with people who limit and monitor every little thing like the kids are on house arrest or something. I saw a lot of my friends grow up limited, and they became resentful, full of hate for their parents, etc. This wasn't just in computers/gaming systems though, it was in life in general. My closest friend and I were always quiet and well behaved, respectful, and knowledgeable. I don't think it's a coincidence that both our parents gave us lots of freedom, and "open ask" policy, and kept a respectable watch on us but didn't choke us down.

I'm not trying to say I'm like the worlds best kid, I still had my normal teen attitude problems, but I felt like I could trust my parents (Or at least my Mom) and therefore never thought to be resentful or misbehave.

That got a little off topic, LOL.
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post #13 of 20 Old 09-03-2013, 11:51 PM
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I have my laptop in my room, but I use it mostly for my homeschooling, and some on the HF. I don't have any game stations but my brother does and he keeps all of them in his room.

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post #14 of 20 Old 09-21-2013, 12:07 PM
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My mom monitors me too. He checks my history every once in a while, tells me when I can be on it, when it have to get off. I usually have about 1 hour of computer time during the school days, weekends more. I think it's unusual NOT to monitor a kids computer
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post #15 of 20 Old 09-21-2013, 12:29 PM
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I'm 17, and I have a laptop. I take it wherever and I don't have a limit to when I can use it.

I just use it to look at horse stuff, horseforum, facebook, to type my papers, and play minecraft, as well! Haha

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post #16 of 20 Old 10-28-2013, 11:41 AM
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I'm a pretty big gamer. We have a HUGE PC (by huge I mean tons and tons of RAM, a couple hardrives, and an i9 processor) that can run just about anything, and it is located in the living room, hooked up to the television. That is where my PC gaming is. My PS3, which is used much more often, is hooked to the same television, in the living room. This really isn't so they can watch me, though, it's because that's just the best place where it all fits. Because very little of my gaming is done online (I'm a campaign player) my parents really don't monitor what I play, and rarely have. They do check the games, and my dad usually plays them as well, but that's about it. All the parents check for is nudity, and I don't want to play anything like that anyway. My parents trust me and know I'll be responsible in my gaming.

I do think that it is a good thing that kids online are being monitored though, heck I think it's necessary. The world is a very scary place, and people are crazy ... When it comes to my laptop, I'm only on HF, Facebook, and Tumblr. My mother checks my FB regularly, about twice a week. My dad reads HF, but honestly because he actually likes learning a thing or two about the horses. He's great :) Nobody bothers with Tumblr. I'm allowed plenty of time on the computer, but I don't have that much time! I usually get about an hour that I'm able to be on my laptop, between the horses, church, and school. On church days, I don't get that hour.

If I was younger, and an online gamer, I know the supervision would be much more strict.

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post #17 of 20 Old 10-28-2013, 12:01 PM
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As an adult/mother
We lived in a bungalow in the UK (single storey) so the bedroom were on the same floor as the living areas and doors had to be open when the boys were using their computers so they were never tempted to 'stray into undesirable' sites
I know you can't be helicopter parents but I believe in controlling what happens in the home at least
It is way too easy to access some pretty graphic pornography sites and if I'd had young daughters the chat sites these weirdos so easily lurk on would have really worried me
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post #18 of 20 Old 10-28-2013, 01:40 PM
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The internet is absolutely a scary place.

My roommate and I were in some random chatroom the other day (admittedly... we were trolling x.x It's something we do if we get really bored xD). We were paired up with a random chatter whose opening line was "12F ;)" I was appalled and disgusted. What was a twelve year old girl doing in a shady chatroom?? And we all know what a winky face means .__.

I replied with "Are you serious? You're -bad word- twelve! What are you even doing here?!"

I don't think these girls realize how careful they need to be ): It's scary.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #19 of 20 Old 10-28-2013, 03:11 PM
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This is true. I have "met" a lot of younger people around, and I think that's something that needs to be ingrained into them morally. They have to know the difference between right and wrong and have respect for themselves; The internet doesn't HAVE to be scary. Kids just have to be smart enough to use it...And when all of them are educated enough to be safe, then it becomes a wonderous wealth of information and a new adventure, as well as a tool for communication and connection. If people stopped allowing themselves to be exploited, then predators would disappear. They would have no success rate.

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post #20 of 20 Old 10-28-2013, 04:12 PM
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I'm sure these young girls (and young boys too) think that they're being 'so cool' and 'grown up' - when in fact all they are doing is making themselves potential victims and fodder for paedophiles
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