I recently installed this program (Family Cyber Alert) which gives me visability to what my kids are doing online, and I feel better having it. My good friend wonders if I'm overstepping privacy that my kids should have. I don't plan to read their private conversations - just have a better handle of the things they are doing so I can ask the right questions, and caution and guide them where they need it.
My feeling is that there is so much junk kids can get into online, some of it potentially leading to trouble - predators, cyberbullying, porn, embarrassment... that I need to make some effort to better monitor what they're getting into.
I certainly monitor what they do in the real world as best as I can, but with the Internet it's too easy for them to get into anything, where there are no boundaries.
Plus, after seeing what some kids put on facebook, it doesn't seem like privacy is much of a concern for them, in fact, maybe they need to learn when to keep some things a little more private.
Don't get me wrong - I talk with them about their PC activities, I have some rules, and they are good kids, but still kids who haven't fully developed good judgement or fully appreciate possible consequences (it won't happen to me!)...I like the idea of having a little help on this one. They are so technology savvy compared to me, it's hard to keep up. I guess some parents might use this tool the wrong way, and you do have to be careful with the trust issue, but I'm letting my kids know I have it and how I intend to use it.
Sorry for my long ramblings. Any other thoughts on this?