PC online activity
07/23/2010 at 07:10 AM

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?

cid
23859

First have you thought about whether you would like to design your own lesson plans or have them ready made? Second, do you have any teaching experience?
Your decision to home school is an excellent one and I appluad you for the effort. Home school is an excellent choice that will bring joy to not only your son but also to you.
If you do not have alot of teaching experience or alot of time to design lesson plans then you might consider a program that will offer you everything that you need. This allows you to focus on your child and spend time with him and his needs instead of trying to decide what to teach.
If you would like more information or have other questions just let me know.

cid
24061

Would you be willing to tell more of your story? I keep my kids enrolled in the music programs at the school and our church has a good youth program, and I'm NOT a purist--my kids spend some years in conventional school and some years in home school.

cid
26615

My 27 y/o daughter loved being homeschooled and is tremendously social.

cid
26616

It would be interesting to hear from someone for whom it was not a good fit.

cid
26617