Age Appropriate Computer Limits

How to set limits when it comes to computer use and kids.

Computer Age Limits

Spending time on-line is as much a part of life today as was watching TV twenty years ago. And just as parents set limits on TV use then, and now, so should parents set limits on computers use. But Joanie Farley Gillispie, co-author of Cyber Rules says those limits need to be age appropriate. “A five, six or eight year old would be monitored all the time by a parent, but a fourteen, fifteen or sixteen year old would be monitored intermittently. And I would encourage every parent of a tweenager between 12 and 14, to say that they’re going to intermittently check their email blogs, their IM and their website history.”

According to Joanie, it’s not about trying to control your child, but rather saying that you’re looking out for them. “This is done in a way that children know that their parents are there and that they’re concerned about what their child is doing. However, those tactics won’t work for 17 and 18 year olds, as we know, but they do work with tweenagers and I think more parents need to do that.”

The Parent Report’s expert guest is Joanie Farley Gillispie, an instructor at Berkeley City College and the author of Cyber Rules.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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