“I'm kind of surprised by the number of people who are angered/offended by the use of technology by children. While I understand wanting to avoid a generation of kids who are plastered to a screen 24/7, I also see the value of teaching preteens and even younger kids how to be safe online. My son has had access to technology his whole life, and now at 14 he has no desire to use Facebook or plaster photos of himself across the internet. By teaching him early and allowing him to try things out under close supervision, I took the mystery out of them. Now I have a kid who sometimes plays Minecraft but is just as likely to read a book or go outside with friends. He sends and receives maybe 30 text messages a month and hardly ever talks on the phone. Technology isn't a substitute parent, but it's not the enemy either.”
Lara99 on Apr 10, 2013 at 19:47:15
“Technology is not bad, but the point of this post is to get parents paying attention. From what I have seen, many parents are totally clueless about what their kids are doing on these devices and social networks. I already see parents saying that they decide when their kids are mature enough to use these networking pathways. I can tell you that many of these parents have no idea the mean things their kids participate in. It is so easy to be mean and bully with just typing.
And you can count yourself fortunate that your son isn't into it all, but I will say that boys are much less so than girls in general...”