Its regarding that horrible parenting bane of our existence - 'www access in our children's lives'. That never ending offering of garbage at their fingertips.
I need your advice...... Your realistic (its 2013 and kids just aren't the same these days) advice.
So, if you have a child, preferably a boy, in his early teens or about to embark on this glorious, fun filled phase and they just luuuurve gaming and staring at their Ipod/Ipad/Iphone/Computer... I want to ask you..... HOW DO YOU CONTROL what they see, hear, do and play?
Im not going to get too personal here but, I am not happy with certain things that my son has been watching and unless I just take all www access away from him (as if this is an option), Im not sure how to keep him on the straight and narrow. This is where I need you to be realistic. He is 12. He is allowed to have privacy. He is expected to want to chill out on his device of choice, show me a boy his age that doesn't! This is his thing... like most boys his age.
I am not, nor was I ever a boy so frankly I dont understand the obsession but judging from my other offspring..... Its definitely a 'boy thing'. What I am always trying to do is highlight 'other things' in their lives that they can focus on, and we do that pretty well, but unfortunately, these hideous devices do ultimately take precedence.
Im a busy mum and I do benefit from the time when my boys sit quietly and do their own thing and Ill admit, Im not sitting next to them policing what they are doing but, there has to be a degree of trust right? But unfortunately, sometimes you discover that perhaps you are trusting them too much, know what I mean?
How do you handle this 'bang your head against a wall' kind of stuff?
Do you allow your child to take their device to school? (In this case, Secondary School)
Can you set restrictions that block certain things?
Do you check up on what they are doing?
Do you, like me, want to try and keep your child..... a child for as long as you can....?
.... Would you like to pool some money together and we will buy that island and raise our kids in complete seclusion?.....
Please help a sista in need....... xx
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