Where is the smartest place to keep your computer?
(A guest post from Jehava)
If you have children, there are some places in your house that are smarter than others to keep your computer. As parents, we want to trust our children, but many times we just need a reality check of the real dangers out there when we leave our kids unattended with the Internet.
Common areas are always the smartest place to keep your computer. Placing it in a family room, living room or dinning room is best. Any place where people typically hang out in your house is great location because, everything searched and done will be seen easily by anyone walking by. This lessens any temptations to look at the wrong thing or hold any inappropriate conversations. This also creates more accountability for everyone in the family.
When computers are in bedrooms, basements or any other exclusive place, kids tend not to use as much discretion about what they are viewing. They may even start carrying on a conversation with a stranger that they wouldn’t normally engage in if a parent was around. There is something about a public place that helps everyone use more wisdom and really think through his or her decisions.
No matter how well behaved our children are we have to open our eyes to the real pressures of the Internet. Various ads pop up constantly that can draw your children in due to pure curiosity. This can lead to viewing pornography, sexual sites or engaging in scams. Also, a simple typo in the Google search can bring up something very inappropriate. These sites can easily come up by accident. We can’t expect them to have the wealth of knowledge that we have gained over the years about using the Internet.
This also happens on social media accounts as strangers can directly reach out to your child and start conversations. This is now easier than ever. Your child may be drawn in by their kindness or what they may be offering, but it could easily be a child predator or scam artist.
When the computer is in a common place you can easily walk by and just see whom your child is talking to or what they are looking up. It releases the stress and worry that can go into your child using the Internet, even for a simple school research project.
Having a common place for the computer also gives you a break as a parent. You don’t have to sit directly over them but, can relax on the couch and easily glance at what your child is doing on the Internet. It’s less stressful overall but, if your child is in a separate room, you really need to be constantly checking in on them and what they are doing.
There are so many things we cannot control that can happen to our children. I do not believe the Internet needs to be one of them. This is something that we can easily monitor and help our children navigate. We still need to teach our children the dangers that come with the Internet and explain what we are trying to protect them from. Honesty is the key. Although, we expect them to make the right choices, we do not leave it all in their hands. Our responsibility as parents is to train them and help them deal with challenging situations to make good choices when no one is watching. Also, we are to guide them towards making good, ethical decisions. Keeping your computer in a common area of your home is just another way to do that.