Sorry for not posting recently, I've been preoccupied! But I am back with another 'For Or Against!'
The topic being, parental controls for teens and children for television, cellular, internet, and for other real life instances.
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Basically from my expierence, parental controls are made to block out or ban/limit things for children that parents don't want to allow them to do.
Here is a more complex description from Wikipedia:
To minimize the paragraph, it basically says either parents can limit the time you use something, the amount you can do on something, limit the amount of mature content you see, or just for watching everything you do.
Though at first when I was younger my father who has raised me by himself for most of my life had restrictions on my laptop when I was 11, I knew how to get on the adminstrative account and edit it so I could download and change anything I wanted without having to run to him to ask for permission.
And another instance from my younger years, maybe about 12 year old me, my friend introduced me to online chat rooms, where she would talk to all of these people daily and made it like it was the coolest thing ever, so I decided to try it on my laptop at home. Eventually (and sadly) I got hooked as well to chatting it up with people who only went by a easily username, one where they could change their age and gender easily as well. But one day my dad came to me showing me previous conversations I've had with people (that shows a few swear words here and there).
You could just imagine the face I made, my eyes the shapes of dinner plates, and at first when he asked me was it me, I lied, but then I owned up to it and apoligized.
He told me that it was very unsafe to talk to strangers and how some grubby pervert could be trying to take me from my bed! And basically I was terrified to speak to people for a while after that. Scared everyone just wanted to hurt me.
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Though my experience of parental monitoring was comical and was harmless, some may not be so.
One main reason why parent's want to view what their kids do is because they don't want them getting into things that are terrible.
Things such as:
- Being Hacked (Internet)
- Violent Movies/Shows (Television)
- Sex/Sexual Language (Internet/Television/Cell Phones)
- Bullying (Internet/Cell Phones)
- Perverts/Rapists (Internet/Cell Phones)
Now I bet this is for everyone, 9 out of 10 times, adults do not favor when children or teens use excessive curse words, though they do it anyway via Facebook, cellphone, etc. And other times they don't want you to listen to swearing as well, but its clear most do anyway.
- Swearing (All of the above.)
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Though it limits the child's ability to do certain things, its to prevent things either the parent doesn't favor/doesn't want to have happen or to stop you from digging into things they think you shouldn't look into. Many on the things we do (or in my case did since I am legal) can be very dangerous!
Even with these restrictions limit some things, minors tend to flock to not doing as told on either electronical products listed above.
But is that okay for kids to be able to do whatever they like via internet, television, and cellphones? Or is it just plain wrong?
Are you FOR or AGAINST parents allowing and disallowing their children full freedom over digital devices?
Tell me why in the comments!