- Parental controls and media devices….
- July 13th, 16:48
I will be the first to admit that my 9 and 4-year-old hands down are better at operating my tablets than I am. I shy away from technology, mainly because I just don’t understand it, don’t really like it, other than e-mail and lj- which is totally sporadic- don’t really use it. However, public schools use it a ton, heavily with the home-school connection and it became mandatory for ELEMENTARY students to essentially be connected, and by connected I mean my wall jack connection without WI-FI only in my bedroom couldn’t cut it anymore. So, we made a tough decision and had our home completely re-wired so we could accommodate WI-FI. And if you really want to know how media retarded we are-- our oldest told us to close the door the other day, we asked her why, she told us she wasn’t getting good internet connection, goodness only knows how long she was going around life thinking open doors let out the WI-FI…now that I’ve typed that…it doesn’t does it?
Kids are very limited on media. The 4-year-old pretty much is more like dad and I, she could care less, never wants to play tablet, never watches TV, she’s our very outdoorsy, orientated towards the animals, would rather chase chickens and help with chores than doing anything sedentary. She doesn’t need limits as she never surpassed what they would have been. Our oldest, whereas is extremely active and athletic, would be a media zombie if we allowed. She gets the option to earn 45 minutes of tablet time each day based off behavior. She’s always (always meaning for the past 4 months we’ve been connected) played Deer Hunter on my Kindle Fire (which was created by my uncle, so I can’t not let her, plus she raises and helps process her own meat so I can’t condemn fake killing of animals when it’s a reality in her life) and those silly nail/hair/make-up/pluck my nose hairs/etc games. We’ve talked about internet safety, I have in-app purchasing blocked, I check her games- as in pathetically attempt to play them- to make sure she can’t actually connect with others and I’m usually close when she is playing.
So, the other day I opened my browser and on the list of recently viewed sites was porn. Opened up history, her whole 45 minutes over two days was spent looking at porn. Actually, our bitch is in heat right now, her poor vulva is about 10x it’s normal size and our inability to take her anywhere has been a hot topic (and her constantly humping a friends dog we were sitting, she’s a hormonal teenager), it started with ‘female dog private parts’, then ‘male dog private parts’, and progressed into some full blown people porn, photos and video. I did re-look at what she looked at, it’s porn.
We had another talk about internet safety, accessing porn and about sex. I realize this should have been preemptive, but it wasn’t, so if you have kids and haven’t yet, put some kind of filter on those devices! I was around, but not watching over her shoulder, and nor do I plan on doing that.
But that’s not my question….
In your opinions, what is the best content blocker for a Kindle Fire? Computer? How about a generic tablet that runs explorer and chrome? I want to allow her internet access, she does a lot of very good research on them, I just don’t want that research to be about porn.