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Poll From: 07/14/2013

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Do you (or would you) use some form of parental control on your computer to monitor your kids' activities? Submitted By ghotib, MN
Yes.
No.
Depends on the age.
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greatness41
on 07/24/13
don't have kids
JackofFire
on 07/20/13
My parents do and I'm in High School... -_-
Noorani1
on 07/18/13
no because.i have no need this right now.
TheMadam
on 07/18/13
No kids. No answer for that, so I guess I would say no.
winawin
on 07/17/13
it is very good proposal
micnlin
on 07/15/13
Ummm...it's JULY 15th...where's the NEW POLE??? This is from YESTERDAY!!!
reganmarie
on 07/16/13
Pole? I believe you mean poll...
PLAMCOOL
on 07/15/13
lol
NewImageSM
on 07/15/13
Great poll and it is interesting to see how other parents think
brownie14
on 07/15/13
lol yeah and fun to see people get all worked up for just one poll question :P
annamedina
on 07/15/13
I think it needed to a certain age for some things
olayemi
on 07/15/13
I THINK IT IS VERY ESSENTIAL BECAUSE NASTY THINGS ARE BEING PUT OUT THERE THIS DAYS.
Kucha21
on 07/15/13
Yes i do
teddj
on 07/15/13
I wouldn't be a freak about it like some people are *cough* *my aunt and stepdad* *cough*, but it's nice to check it sometimes just in case. But if you're constant with it, then that shows that you don't trust your child :( Also, age matters, of course you should block some sites that your young children (or even older children for that matter!) might run into accidentally.
sammy0354
on 07/15/13
olayemi liked this  
I believe it depends on age. There is way too much stuff on the internet. I've even typed something meaning one thing, and something extremely horrid pops up. I would not want a kid getting into that. However coming from someone who just watches her niece I can't really say from truly till my own experience happens.
JustCarmen
on 07/15/13
I would monitor, but that does not mean I would interfere if I caught them doing something I told them they were not allowed to do. I would just verbally tell them what they are allowed, monitor them visually so they know I'm paying attention, then use the parental control to keep tabs on what I miss more for the information then to punish. Sometimes just knowing what they are really curious about can be more beneficial then chewing them out about looking something up.
karmornut
on 07/14/13
leiramelody and 14 others liked this  
30% of the people who voted say they wouldn't implement any kind of parental control regarding their children's computer activity. no wonder why we have so many kids running around with no behavioral boundaries. surprising in a way, but in a way, not.
MiKaiiEL
on 07/16/13
My parents dont' have control over my computer activity but I don't run around with no behavioral boundaries. I have my pants up, I say hello to people once in a while, I help people in need and so on.
dCat27
on 07/14/13
ffznc2 and 2 others liked this  
NEW PERSPECTIVE: Some of the people who take these polls, and are part of swagbucks, are teens themselves, hence the 'no' or are adults who don't have children and there is no option for that.
angrybirds1023
on 07/14/13
olayemi and 3 others liked this  
I will say that I am going to put parental controls on my kids computer (when I have them). Because my big brother has gone to really bad sites. I hope this doesn't count as profanity on Swagbucks but, po**. If you know what I mean, and no way do I want that happening to them.
rosepassions
on 07/14/13
i said no, because i dont have kids
swagcyn015
on 07/14/13
sammy0354 liked this  
uh the question is do you OR WOULD YOU?
so saying no means you would not .
if you don't have kids the question means WOULD YOU (if you had kids)
swagcyn015
on 07/14/13
people mess up the results cause they dont read the question properly....
LouiseLesley
on 07/14/13
rebecca1173 liked this  
I trust the children who use my own laptop to know their own boundaries and both are perfectly behaved children.
sammy0354
on 07/15/13
When I was a kid I wish my mom put controls on the computer. I may have been a good kid, but my friends get on the computer too. They were not so well behaved. When on someone else's laptop they don't care. They could also make your child a little too curious.
jamminworld
on 07/14/13
I trust my son. It is others that I do not trust, hence the very tight parental controls on our computers.
NikkiHoag
on 07/14/13
ffznc2 and 4 others liked this  
If you haven't raised your kids well enough that you need to use a parental control, then they're screwed anyway.
KatieKat
on 07/14/13
jend80 and 2 others liked this  
What about those with adult children? I have no right to invade a 23 year old's privacy in that way.

If my parents attempted to invade my privacy in that way, they'd be slapped with restraining orders.
ShadowWolf87
on 07/14/13
While I understand what you're saying, I don't believe this question was talking about adult children but children teen-aged and younger.

As adults I feel they don't require your monitoring of their activities unless they show signs of having some sort of serious problem. Perhaps online gambling or other extremely questionable activities where you need to intervene before something goes awry.
KatieKat
on 07/14/13
I understand the question. I don't go big brother on my kids. The end.
DC1992
on 07/14/13
fergusonfamily6 and 3 others liked this  
Well if they are 23 years old and using their "Mommy's Computer", then maybe they need to get a job an buy their own.
Sounds like despite the age of 23, they may not be an adult.
KatieKat
on 07/14/13
What are you talking about? My 23 year old has his own computer and his own home. How is he not an adult?
KatieKat
on 07/14/13
Hit enter too soon. LOL

If I put parental controls on my computer in order to spy on my child if he happened to check his email on my computer, that would be a gross invasion of privacy.

If my parents used their computer to spy on me when I visited them, that would be a problem. No way would I ruin the relationship I have with my kids out of nosiness.
moideux
on 07/14/13
Whole-heartedly agreed...lol
trowiegotswag
on 07/14/13
sammy0354 and 2 others liked this  
That is what "Depends on there age" is there for?! But still 27% said no... What if that adult has disabilities and is very vulnerable? ... There are many factors that should be taken into account when deciding to monitor internet usage. But nobody should be saying straight up no, most people who don't have kids probably put that, but if you read it says "Would you" IF YOU HAD KIDS.
KatieKat
on 07/14/13
jend80 liked this  
Yes, there are lots of variables. Like people whose children were young before they even had computers in their home. Or people who don't give their children computers until they believe they are old enough to not be monitored.

I read it just fine. I have no idea why you are screaming "IF YOU HAD KIDS." at me. I have kids plus that has nothing to do with anything I said.
swagcyn015
on 07/14/13
IF your kids were around computers WOULD YOU have done it?
the question just means WOULD YOU? if the situation occured....
answer "no" means if you were in the situation u had kids, u had a computer you WOULD NOT monitor what they are doing....
ttsmom143
on 07/14/13
sammy0354 and 2 others liked this  
I don't think he meant to "scream" at you. Caps can be used to emphasize a point as well. More over I think most logical people realize that this question wouldn't apply to grown offspring. Children means (IMO) children not adults even if they are your kid.
I agree with the original poster!! That is also why we are still hearing stories of CHILDREN trying to secretly meet predators, in person, who they thought were actually the same age as them.
KatieKat
on 07/14/13
I have to disagree with that, your children area still called your children when they hit the age 18.
yankees992012
on 07/14/13
brownie14 and 6 others liked this  
i disagree, As a computer programer, there is not one software that is very reliable to block certain sites from children. there is a software that can blanket blocking, meaning can block everything including educational sites. For example if your teaching kids about health , a lot of these sites gets blocked by current parental control software. the software would not know rather it appropriate or not. in short, any parental software are ineffective in choosing what to block and what to not to block. I am a parent and i would not restrict what my children can see, I personally believe that children do have a freedom to learn rather block out learning process.
DC1992
on 07/14/13
rjshops and 1 others liked this  
Question did not mention BLOCKING software, it mentioned MONITORIING software.

But if we want to talk about "Blocking Software", while it may not be 100% effective it can still be useful.
For Example, I know once I tried to visit the Official White House Site but accidentally entered WhiteHouse dot COM instead of Gov while at work. Luckily it was blocked..

I know my wife accidentally went to a Bestiality via a typo....

Yes, Kids will find bad stuff but the software can help protect kids from getting bad stud when looking for good stuff.
And it is not just typo's. Youtube, Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other major sites have filter options that can be placed on outgoing proxies to ensure that adult geared results are filtered from queries that are not intended to return adult content.

No, it's not perfect does a great job.

IMHO, your response sounds a bit lazy rather than one based on not restricting.
ttsmom143
on 07/14/13
fergusonfamily6 and 1 others liked this  
However, this part of the question "some form" does not mean exclusively a computer program. You can monitor their usage personally by doing things as simple as checking histories, limiting access, and even just making your child feel comfortable enough to let you know what is going on! There are way too many predators and the internet offers too much anonymity to let CHILDREN have free reign on the net!!
yankees992012
on 07/15/13
this is why education is always a key, instead of restrictions, or " monitor" closely, teach your kids the right and wrongs of computer use, have them learn how to act responsible on the internet and what to do if something bad happening on the internet. Did you know that most websites and chat rooms have blocking buttons, teach them how to use them. my son is 12 years old and i dont have to monitor him because My wife and I have always taught him about computer use since he was younger. He knows how to not to give away personal information. that i think is the major reasons why predators go after kids because kids themselves gives away personal information.
MrGooglehead
on 07/14/13
I agree, though I suspect a large majority of those responses came from the kids on this site who do have some form of monitoring software on their computer.
LizzieK
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
If I ever decide to let my child on a computer, then yes, it'll have every parental control I can put on it. Internet will not be accessible, AT ALL. Only things that will be on it are word programs for homework. If she needs to do research for a project, then she can tell me, and I will look it up and print it off. She will NOT be allowed online until she's 18 and out of my house.
jayden11805
on 07/14/13
You do understand that kids have access to internet at school???? The internet is a wonderful tool. I couldn't imagine not letting my son use the internet.
MySlideShowLife
on 07/14/13
loonietoons and 2 others liked this  
I wish your children luck in finding jobs when they are older...in this day & age children NEED to learn to use the internet.
PurpleHazeMama
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
Chances are you won't have a choice. My kids' school starts them on computers in Kindergarten. At that age, it is not internet. But by 4th grade they DO use the internet at school. I volunteer at the school and this year the 4th graders had to do powerpoint projects which included internet research. You can limit her use without completely banning it. The best advice is to have the computer in a common space and only let her on with your supervision. There are parental controls out there, but sometimes that can be limiting. You can also get programs that will tell you all activity on the computer, so you can see if she's getting away with anything. I'm not saying you have to let her have facebook or any other social media account. But internet access is pretty much a must for students these days.
elfennau
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I assume you must home school, then. Because kids now are getting supervised computer time at schools, with internet access which they use for school subjects, before they're out of elementary school. And if you actually manage to keep your child away from the internet until 18, I hope she enjoys either playing catch up in college because everyone else will have already learned how to navigate it for their schooling needs - or I hope she enjoys that job flipping burgers.
steph0530
on 07/14/13
Hinter44 liked this  
Do you want her first experience online to be unsupervised and/or with "friends" where she'd be more likely to fall victim to predators or scams/viruses?? Or would YOU rather show her how to be safe online? As you are sitting here commenting on a swagbucks poll, you must at least be somewhat versed in internet navigation. The internet is a useful and often necessary tool. To deny it outright is futile.
jgul8190
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I do agree that your rules are a bit strict..I was 12 when our house first got internet (ugh, dialup!) and restrictions/rules were set.

but it drives me crazy that schools these days act like the Internet is the only reference available for research! Hit the library! :) I think I'm the last person left who can properly cite a book, or encyclopedia. :-/
TheQueenKasey
on 07/14/13
loonietoons and 5 others liked this  
WORLD STRICTEST PARENT!! CONGRATULATIONS HAVE FUN RAISING REBELLIOUS KIDS!!
AshleyMarieHahn
on 07/14/13
AMIDT7 and 5 others liked this  
youre going to have a rebellious kid.. you have to give her some leeway.
hinachan
on 07/14/13
Hinter44 and 6 others liked this  
Nice way to avoid training a child how to stay safe online...besides, if you're doing your kid's homework research, that's cheating. You're not doing your daughter any favors by cheating on her behalf.

And you know, there is such a thing as being a parent and watching what your child does online. No computer program can replace actual parenting.
JSteww22
on 07/14/13
sodelicious83 and 2 others liked this  
Your child is gonna run away lol. My Dad got me a computer when I was 6 and I turned out fine.
Menessy27
on 07/14/13
Hinter44 and 5 others liked this  
calm down Hitler
xeno289
on 07/14/13
SENSKY4 and 10 others liked this  
thats a bit much
CesarLopezCham
on 07/14/13
DiannaAnna liked this  
if you need to restrict or monitor your kids, you've got problems that transcend computer use.
jimboner
on 07/14/13
kids don't need to be monitored
lordvader2719
on 07/14/13
If I have children, I don't think I'll monitor their internet usage. My grandmother trusted me enough to not monitor it, so I will give the same trust to my children.
kidd2424
on 07/14/13
jayden11805 and 2 others liked this  
i have a 7 year old girl.She uses the computer, which is in the living room. I think i will do it when she gets to that age just because girls are more naive, and that would really scare me if she comes across a weirdo or who who knows. I know my daughter now, shes a well behaved little girl but i don't know what the future holds, all i know is that as a single parent i will do everything in my power to protect her and give her the best life possible.
elfennau
on 07/14/13
LDawnZ and 2 others liked this  
"just because girls are more naive"

This scares me more than I can possibly express with mere words.
kidd2424
on 07/14/13
* more words you mean???? i don't know if you are trying to correct me on what i had to say? lol but its *more not mere.
lordvader2719
on 07/14/13
Reecie27 liked this  
No, I think he means "mere."

mere (mîr)
adj. Superlative mer·est
1. Being nothing more than what is specified: a mere child; a mere 50 cents an hour.
2. Considered apart from anything else: shocked by the mere idea.
3. Small; slight: could detect only the merest whisper.
4. Obsolete Pure; unadulterated.

The words he could use simply aren't good enough. Thus, they are "mere words." It works much better than "more words," although that also works. That's just my take on it.
qqureshi
on 07/14/13
hehe!
MySlideShowLife
on 07/14/13
I would use a program to monitor but not block them from anything.
nishantsgl
on 07/14/13
if child is under a specific age we need not...
niconater
on 07/14/13
i didnt when i was younger
jfolger1979
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
absolutely!!
Andrewzgotskill
on 07/14/13
haha
karmakar
on 07/14/13
haha
sujay49
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
yes i do
jhonatan08
on 07/14/13
omg
popo21
on 07/14/13
strict parental activities will create rebellious children.
KyoJane
on 07/14/13
good poll
PaintsALot
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
If I had kids I would monitor what they are doing up to a certain age and talk to them about not giving out personal information, online perverts, and about not looking at porn (but I think all boys try that at least once anyway).
elfennau
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I have a newsflash for you. It's more than just the boys. Welcome to human nature. :)
mjfromga89
on 07/14/13
elfennau and 1 others liked this  
Oh horse wash. I don't have kids (probably never will) but I'd never use any form of tired parental controls. Kids are not stupid and can usually worm around them anyway, also... it's not a good way to teach kids.

If you restrict stuff on your home computer, they will try doubly hard to access it otherwise. IMO your best bet is to allow your children to be exposed to things, by you.. properly as they age. Teach them sex ed when they are old enough, and show them things and EXPLAIN what they are.

I wouldn't really be bothered by my kids seeing certain things, what would bother me is them seeing things and not being able to put them into context and end up confused and mislead. These are the kids you see asking random strangers "What's a (whatever)??" Nothing wrong with young kids knowing anatomy etc. IMO.
elfennau
on 07/14/13
You're my new hero. I was beginning to think parenting using common sense was a dead thing, after reading many of the comments on this poll.
elfennau
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
Absolutely not. No parental control ever invented can possibly replace actual parental supervision. My kida are supervised during computer time, period.
hestia3
on 07/14/13
MisWhit liked this  
I my parents were constantly looking at what I was doing on the internet, I would feel like they didn't trust me.
celtmaidn
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
It's not that they didn't trust you, but didn't trust all the lunatics out there. I'm a grandmother, and I constantly worry about the kids, two of them are basically old enough that I know they know what to watch out for. I'm sorry if your parents made you feel that way, but that is excellent parenting in my book.
steph0530
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
Judging by what I found when I searched "Elmo videos" on Youtube, it is a resounding YES to parental locks. No matter the age. 18 or not, if they're in my home and ON MY COMPUTER you will blocked from whatever I choose to block you from. Don't like it? Too bad, so sad.

I am a parent. I set rules and boundaries based on the maturity level of the child.
AmandaEverdeen
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
If I have kids I will probably only have a form of parental control when they are very young. I think it's better to teach kids the difference between appropriate and inappropriate uses of the internet instead of completely blocking them from what is wrong. When I was younger my cousin convinced me to sign up for a website I should not have been on and my dad found out and I got in trouble. That taught me to be more responsible online and to question whether or not I should be doing what I'm doing. That is the way I was taught and I intend to do the same thing with my own children, should I ever have them,
angelnatasha
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
i would for sure use the parental control on my computer to monitor my kids because thers bad web sites out there
jgul8190
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
My kids are too young to use the computer (2 and 5) but I still have parental restrictions set. I don't want those things popping up, nor do I want a virus caused by certain sites! :)
MattMwi
on 07/14/13
TheSkildScope liked this  
you guys seem WAY to strict.
TemporarySpastic
on 07/14/13
elfennau liked this  
Ahhh, I remember the first the I discovered boobies on the internet. Good times, good times.
MLG420NOSCOPE
on 07/14/13
Kids are pretty mlg tho
mobilehobo
on 07/14/13
kids should not be on computers ever anyway
DaemonicFae
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
It'd depend less on the age and more on the maturity. I'm not a parent and probably won't be a for a while, but I do deal with kids and younger teenagers a lot. I'd be more likely to put parental controls on if I knew my brother (16) was getting on than my cousins (11 & 13), because my cousins don't download OBVIOUS viruses and look up wedgies when they use my computer.
papergamer
on 07/14/13
Power to connect to the internet!
snoopdoritos
on 07/14/13
youhou
pattywak52
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
I was told a long time ago that the most important job that I would ever have and the one that everyone is least experienced at is parenting. How true.
RandomSnatcher
on 07/14/13
I hope you guys know what COPPA is, otherwise kids will be stalked by pedophiles.
SuperGrouper
on 07/14/13
elfennau and 6 others liked this  
Your avatar username make your comment unfortunately, sadly funny....... I feel guilty now.
azmumm
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise liked this  
My children have all grown up and moved away and I don't need to put the parental control on it. But if I had them still here at home and a young age I would be monitoring them.
crazyhousewife
on 07/14/13
tfjparadise and 6 others liked this  
Yes...the parental control would be putting the computer in a family room (not their bedroom) and me or my hubby being in the house walking past regularly. Why is it so hard for parents to simply be with their children and watch what they are doing?
DonnaMK
on 07/14/13
I raised children that I don't need to monitor their every waking moment of life. The youngest is 15 and he has no interest in anything offensive online, in fact the very idea of offensive material freaks him out. I know he won't be like that forever, but he is an outstanding gentleman, so I'm not concerned. We did find out that the oldest once looked at some less than stellar pics of Paris Hilton - and she wasn't much to look at. He's not really interested in that anyway, so he also doesn't leave us living in fear.
DonnaMK
on 07/14/13
ah, so the issue isn't all about what they will see - both of my boys have fb accounts and they both hate fb. The oldest hasn't even checked his page in (dare I say) years while the youngest just signed up long enough to appease his friends who are also not on very often, so he's not on very often either. My oldest plays Xbox live games with total strangers from all over the world and I'm ok with that. The youngest mostly sticks to his friends on Xbox live and will also play along with his brother's friends. The youngest plays Xbox live here in front of me, so I know who he's on, but not that I need to monitor.

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