Sunday, October 08, 2006

Why is his Mom "Computer Dumb"?

In this recent scandal coverage called "Foley-Gate", a comment from one of the victims of lascivious IM correspondence made our heads spin, though you could see it coming from a mile away. Foley asks whether anyone else can see the chat, and the Page essentially says "no, my Mom's computer dumb".

Absolutely inexcusable, and hopefully a very-well publicized wake-up call to parents of little and big kids, and in fact all adults. DO NOT BE "Computer Dumb"! There's no reason to be. A little time spent reading some very simple resources can make all the difference in the world, and also help project your status (to your children, hopefully) that you are not in fact "computer dumb". The quick results of your computer safety education may not make you a computer scientist, but may just provide enough control and guidance to protect your children (and your family's reputation!) from predatory activities like this.

For example - no computers in the bedroom, and limit usage. Sounds simple, doesn't it - or perhaps fraught with conflict the way restricting TV privileges does. Just recently, an extend family member admitted an 11-yr. old stayed up to 3AM every night "playing computer games", in his room. An utter recipe for disaster; this sort of thing should be controlled in no uncertain terms....otherwise you can essentially label yourself "computer dumb".


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