So, I read this blog & I’m not exactly naive to the World Wide Web, but I do feel I ‘avoid’ the conversations, maybe, my reasoning is that mr 8.5 does not yet have any such mobile devices, we only have a PC in the lounge which we can all see. This reason I know, still isn’t enough.
I know Mr 8.5 is aware of on-line safety and school’s are doing a fantastic job of educating our children these days, but no matter how much educating we do, my question is; are children still too ‘immature’ to have so much access to these devices?
I don’t mean ‘immature’ in a patronising way, but the average age of a child getting a Smart mobile phone is 10. An age of where children endure major changes in their life, physically and emotionally, from beginnings of puberty and changes in their schooling-SATs, secondary school etc. Their emotions are all over the place. For me, I often call it the dark ages, you wake up with a zit and feel ugly to the rest of the world, or your best mates got a new best mate, or you feel like a failure because you didn’t pass the 11plus!
Such insignificant issues now I’m 35, but thinking back, these things had a real impact on my moods and my emotional well being. So if someone, anyone shows any empathy with our children on line or otherwise, for them, all they can see is maybe a light relief from the everyday pressures, which I can completely relate to, but when I was younger there was no World Wide Web, there was the longer route home from school that was a ‘no-go’ area, but I went that way on occasions, why? I don’t know, maybe I wanted my parents to worry? maybe I needed to clear my head? maybe it felt good being rebellious? I really don’t have the answer, but at age 10, 11, 12, the dangers seemed minimal in comparison to whatever dramas the day had held.
so no matter how much on-line safety education is in place, our children of ages 9,10,11,12, or 13 plus, are still so vulnerable, and are they actually in a place where they are able to make such head strong decisions regarding their own safety?
Should there be an age band on smart phones?
Then there’s tablets? And consoles? A topic I have discussed before! Although, I do feel parents can monitor these to more of an extent, if children aren’t bedroom-bound to them! What are your thoughts?
I don’t know what the answer is? The World Wide Web is a wonderful, yet very dangerous place!
What age did your children get a mobile device?
What measures have you got in place?
Do you monitor your children’s access?