Report: The Net's not so Scary After All

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I Jedi

If I ever happen to have kids someday, then I will explain to them the dangers of online networking, etc, and why it's something they need to watch out for. However, I'm not going to ban them from surfing the web, no. That would be a complete 360 degree turn from what my parents let me do, which is freely surf the Internet at all times since I was 14. 

However, I can understand that there are concerned parents out there who don't want their kids to be hurt by any of this and what they decide to do is what they think is in the best interest of their kids. I 100% can understand why a parent would want to censor their children from sites like MySpace or Facebook. The possibility is always there, but then again, it's probably there in real life even more. Which is why teaching them to watch out is probably the most effective tool you can give them. 

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nduanetesh

I like your superfluous use of bold.

Though I do agree with your point.  Kids face countless threats in this world, and the best way to protect them is to teach them to protect themselves. 

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Vegan

When I was 14, not having Internet access was normal for most people.

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I Jedi

**Double post** Sorry.

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neo1piv14

Meh...double posted on accident

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neo1piv14

I know this is a tired line, but no study really seems to have pegged this yet. So, case study: the young neo1piv14 household:

The computer wasn't in my room, it was in the living room. I wasn't allowed on the internet unless my dad or mom was in the same room in me. At any time he wanted, my dad could come to the computer, look at what I was doing and what I had been doing, and decide if it was okay for me to keep doing what I was doing. Guess how many sexual predators I encountered, zero. 

Parents, you owe it to your kids to learn enough about computers and the internet to know if what they're doing is safe. We've all been kids, we know how dense, gullible, and ignorant they can be. And if you can't take the time to be around your child when they're on the computer, then they don't need to be on it. At least when they're too young to know better. 

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jcollins

My thoughts exactly.  In addition, my take is that your job as a parent is to teach your children to be cynical and always look for proof.  Might be depressing, but one of the problems with the Internet as I see it is that people take things they see as gospel.   Unless they are cynical enough to disbelieve without proof, they'll get hit with Antivirus200X and other scams left and right.

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Lord Omega

So many of my friends aren't even allowed to have a myspace because their parents freak out at the idea. IT HAVE HAD A MYSPACE FOR 5 YEARS AND NOTHING HAS HAPPENED!!!!!! Most people who I do not know are just ignored

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