Since I am a teacher I feel like I am pretty educated about the influences of technology on young lives. I even wrote a research paper on it for my Master's last year. Here are the basic thoughts on appropriate use I abide by here. Pretty vague huh? My 9 year old has a Kindle Fire with internet and a desktop computer in the office (not in her room). Her favorite websites include Webkinz and Movie Star Planet. She has to be finished with homework, piano and have a clean room before engaging in the internet. If I were to have a time limit, I'd say 2 hours but that is hardly an issue. We are busy people.
So what am I going to write about today? My love/hate relationship with Movie Star Planet. M is borderline addicted to this site. I decided that I better get on there and learn more about it. She creates videos on it--fine. She chats with friends she knows in real life--fine. There are internet safety reminders plastered all over it--good. She has a creative outlet--good. She has created some awesome movies--good. She created a disturbingly creative video--makes me uneasy. She has a real life friend posing as her movie star BFF--fine. She has an unknown person posing as her boyfriend to make her look cool and gain fame--uh, not fine.........She promises that she doesn't chat with him, she just uses him to make her look cool--fine. She talks openly to me about all this stuff--good.
So what is my point? IDK--there are no real guidelines about how to parent children that use the internet. It is a whole new world that, let's face it, we know nothing about. However, it is the future and I don't feel we can ignore the future. They will be creating the jobs that they will be doing in 20 years. We have no idea do we??
What I do know--KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE DOING ONLINE! You may not have a clue, I sure didn't and know I've created my own login and I've friended her on her site, in her world. It is kind of cool.
What will the future hold?