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    Internet Security
    mrswhitecastle posted:
    When I came downstairs today, Emily was in the Family room on the computer playing. She had gotten on the Internet and gone to PBSkids and was playing games on the website. I couldn't believe she was able to do it all by herself. (Probably pretty silly on my part.)

    How do you/will you make sure DC doesn't go to some website that is not allowed? Will you just teach DC what they should avoid? Or, will you put software on the computer? If so, what kind?
    Emily (6) Elizabeth (4)
    kc_94920 responded:
    We've been pretty lucky in this department although DH and I have had several discussion on how we'll continue to keep them safe as they mature. For now, we have not added any software but have instead set reasonable boundaries for each child based on expressed interest and levels of maturity.

    For now, DD1 is the only child who has computer privliges on a regular basis. She does not have to ask per say but knows the appropriate time (basically only after dinner, homework and shower once or twice a week) and knows that the computer is to be used for her math program, kid pix and occasionally the AG interactive or Nick Jr. sites. I have a Mac so all her websites are on my favorites grid which means she does not navigate the web on her own at all. So far she has never branched out on her own and doesn't seem overly interested in finding other sites or going to You Tube. On the rare occasion that she comes home with a peer inspired idea, we discuss it and then do it together.

    DS is only just turned 7 so he needs to ask to do anything other than Kid Pix or the Reading game we have loaded for him. He's never gotten online alone, is not a "gamer" at all and seems to prefer playing things like Nick Jr when his sister is around to help. My guess is that he could at least use the favorites page alone but he doesn't know about URL's or how to spell any specific websites. This summer we will start allowing him more opportunities and teach him how to do age appropriate things on my Mac.

    DD2 has no business on my computer and has no desire to sit still for more than 5 minutes to watch the big kids make a picture or play a puzzle game. I think the older kids were close to 5 before they did much more than observe so for now were content with where she's at in this.
    KC~ Mady (9) Logan (7) and Coco (almost 4)
    VicsEandJ responded:
    My kids don't yet know that they can actually turn on the computer, so I have given it no thought.
    UKbluegirl2 replied to VicsEandJ's response:
    Funny you posted this. DH and I were on our respective laptops last week working to get his 1099s and W2s out to his people. He was looking things up while I updated. We both got up to do things and locked our computers. I came back down and found Mia sitting at my pc trying to enter a password and Wil at DH's trying to enter a password. Wil then went on to crank up the volume on DH's pc because he had music playing and Wil said he liked the song playing. I was astounded!

    Wil has compter class as does Ava. But I'm pretty sure Mia does not (almost 2YO). Is it instinctive now????

    So computer security will be something that DH and I look into with the purchase of our next computer. We need a 'family' desktop anyway.
    iocasta responded:
    Nothing as of yet. Levi doesn't really get on the computer or even his ipad all that much. I'm sure that day will come.
    ryanandleigh responded:
    Right now the kids only go to website we approve that don't have ads that could take them to other sites and they don't know how to really type in a new address though DS is showing an interest in that. They get to the websites by clicking on the appropriate icons. They have their own computer that they share. DH did put it so that to change any setting or add any program you have to have the administrator password.
    Leigh, Jacen (6), Alexa (3)
    seeit2 responded:
    We set up an ancient laptop on the dining table and locked down the entire thing except for PBS kids. We may add Starfall, but that's it for her. Any other site she tries to access just gives her a denial message.
    Esmerelda Supercalifragilistic (41) DD (5) DS (2) Just eat it, will ya
    VicsEandJ replied to iocasta's response:
    And the sad thing is when it comes, I'm sure our kids will figure out a way around whatever we do to stop them because kids today seem to pick up everything very quickly!
    UKbluegirl2 replied to seeit2's response:
    That is genius Deb! Makes way more sense than wasting $ on a new desktop. We have a dinosaur Acer that she would love...
    sarah0323 responded:
    We only have 1 family computer at home. The younger kids really don't get much of a chance to get on the computer. Each person in our home has an account. They can only get to certain web sites that we have selected.

    Our oldest does most of her homework on line. So she normally gets it right after school. At school they have laptops that they carry from class to class.

    The boys get to earn computer/TV/Wii time. They get 5 minutes of time for every chore they do. Mostly my boys would rather play outside than be inside. Jacob is getting to the point he will ask if he can go online for a little bit after bath and before bed time.
    Me 33, DD - O 12, DS1 -J 7, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 4, DD2 - E (11/10)
    sarah0323 replied to UKbluegirl2's response:
    Colby started having computer classes once a week once he turned 2. He is a little developmentally delayed. This is one thing they use to try to catch him up to his peers.
    Me 33, DD - O 12, DS1 -J 7, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 4, DD2 - E (11/10)
    cinder44 responded:
    My kids aren't allowed on the computer unless one of us are in the room with them & we get them to the website they are going to. They can't read or spell yet.

    We have no other games for them other than on line games. It has only been this month that we have allowed access b/c they both have been sick a few days & it passes the time.
    Me, DH, DD(4), DS(4)
    baby1at35 replied to cinder44's response:
    I stay in the room with them. They can't go on the computer without me present.
    As time goes on not sure how I will handle.
    Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs

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