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#1
I didn't grow up with the internet and didn't really start using is until I was like 11 or 12. And back then it wasn't as it is now.

Anyways, how do you think the internet is affecting kids growing up using it regularly (like ages 6-12)? With the internet, it's pretty easy to wonder onto some crazy shit, as well as communities with backwards thinking.
#2
No
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#4
The internet is a wonderful thing, as there is a vast array of knowledge accessible simply by typing a desired subject into your search bar.

Unfortunately most of these little ****ers nowadays use it irresponsibly end up doing shit worthy of the cringe thread, for example half of the gold TS posted in there
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#6
i think i will discourage my kid from using it until they start using it in school
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#8
I think it's pretty god awful for everybody.
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#11
Leaving kids on the internet completely unsupervised is asking for trouble.

Supervising kids by demanding that every website and anything they look at change to be inherently child-friendly to the point of complaining to staff of the website that it has PG13 content even though it's target audience isn't your six year-old is stupid and dumb and coddling them.

Supervising little kids by keeping them on websites that are kid-friendly by whatever definition you subscribe to of the term, blocking certain things, etc. and educating the child on the kind of content you can run into online is a good thing.

tl;dr it's just like the real world in the sense that public parks/certain sites can be a great place to let your kid play and enjoy themselves and play with their friends, but expecting to be able to drop them off, walk out and leave them unsupervised for an hour, and come back with no harm no foul, is asking for trouble.
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#12
i can post a picture of a dick right now and some poor 10 year old kid can stumble upon it.


what do you think?
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#13
I don't think it's really fair to blame the parents. IT's hard to control internet use and be there for every moment they have access to the internet, and honestly kids can have great parents but they're still just good at doing stuff behind their back and hiding it from them.
#14
It's pretty stupid that the UK is blocking online porn unless you call your internet provider and opt in for it, their invading peoples right to a private life just because they can't do their own job and raise their kids properly.
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what do you think?

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My Dick will terrify kids.
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I don't think it's really fair to blame the parents. IT's hard to control internet use and be there for every moment they have access to the internet, and honestly kids can have great parents but they're still just good at doing stuff behind their back and hiding it from them.


I don't think the blame should lie solely with the parents. There is responsibility people should take if they think that kids could stumble on their stuff online or if they're posting in an environment that kids will see. But at the same time, I don't think that censoring the internet to make it kid-safe is the best answer.

Honestly, it's a huge grey area that really is more an individual basis than anything you can say is flat-out X or Y - certain kids can handle certain things at different ages than other kids - but just one regular example I can think of would be those agreements where you have to be 13 or older to join certain sites. There isn't much anything to stop a kid from just checking that they got parental permission without actually doing so, but even when the kid actually goes to their parents and asks them if X website is okay, the parent, at least from my observations, just says yes without thinking about it. If that's the case and the website contains stuff that's not kid-safe, then it's on the parents to at least take a cursory glance over the website before saying "Sure, go ahead."

Also as long as we're posting dicks,

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#20
The problem with the internet and kids, it's their access to it. If you imagine the internet like a giant building with lots of rooms, then by letting them use a common browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc), it's the same as if that building had all doors open and you let your kid roam free in it.

I think I can say that it's impossible for a parent to "control" what their kid can or can't do with such type of access to the internet, unless they are right next to him at all times. Even if the kid is taught well, even if the parents are doing a good job, without restrictions, the kid is bound to encounter something you don't deem okay for him to encounter or experience.
It can even be something not malicious (from the kid). Like, maybe he wanders to Wikipedia and spends 1 hour traversing articles, and finds a necrophilia article, where he then follows the source and enters a site about it.

I'm not sure if there already exists, but I think there should be a web browser fully customizable by the parents, so they can allow their children to use it and nothing else, at least while he's growing up.
Most parents try to attack the sites directly, when the site or content is not the problem, it's the entry point.
For example, what if we had something like this: Imagine we have this new "standard" kid-friendly web browser called X. Now, imagine your kid wants to watch some funny Youtube videos. Now, in the front page there is a "mature" video, and he feels curious and wants to watch it.
What do you think will be more effective, Youtube implementing the "Are you over 18?" tactic to deter the kid from watching that video, or Youtube getting the info of the web browser, identifying it as X, and not showing the video at all?
Or even better, leave Youtube alone (don't make them responsible for this other 3rd party software and how it's used....unless Google buy this X browser as well). Make the X browser itself adapt when it enters Youtube. Make the X browser disable the link to that "adult" video, even if Youtube sends it correctly. Plugins could be developed for specific sites that need specific "control" on what the kid can experience or not, so anybody can implement one for any site they want.

I mean, again, that depends on what you want to "protect" your kid from. Again that depends on the parents and how they raise their kids, but right now it seems it's either the "Ban them from ever using the internet" extreme, or the "Give them the tools to enter any web site ever with just 2 clicks" extreme, yet there is nothing (effective, easy to use and intuitive) in the middle.

Unless I'm wrong and there exists something like this and research going on to it, in which case disregard this.
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I don't think it's really fair to blame the parents. IT's hard to control internet use and be there for every moment they have access to the internet, and honestly kids can have great parents but they're still just good at doing stuff behind their back and hiding it from them.

Fair play. I guess rather than everything laying (or lying?) on the parents, perhaps just better role models in general. Not just with parents, but also how well kids respect their teachers and whatnot at schools. And that respect should really only come with if the education is good or not. I think that good parenting, and good education, can solve most problems for kids. Granted, there will still be some kids that run amuck and do whatever they like, but I don't think that there is much that can be done to that in general.

I think if children are to be on the internet, there should be supervision until the kids get to an age where the parents feel that they are able to trust them. Similar to the age that parents trust their kids to go out on their own, or have sleepovers, or go to parties, etc etc. Again, not all problems with kids and the internet will be fixed, but I think it can prevent a lot of problems.
#22
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#24
most stuff is bad for kids. kids born and raised today are turned into idiots and I fear for the day I have to raise kids with all this technology and shit and other shit and reasons and stuff.
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#25
I'm not so sure.

When I was a kid, nothing I knew about anything was correct. If I told you some of the things I thought were true (such as hairy knuckles and it falls off) you would laugh. I learned everything I knew from my best friend, playboy, or some other kid that turned out to know even less than I did. I had misconceptions about everything, from drugs, to girls, to body parts, an everything in between. And all I had back then was Encylopedia Brittanica or National Geographic to tell me otherwise.

I think the instant availability of information, the ability to transcend continents to learn about other cultures, health info, youtube how to videos, and even tools such as Yahoo answers far, far outweigh the drawbacks that a couple of simple parental controls can help make safer to obtain.

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#26
Earlier exposure to sex and extreme violence.

I kind of feel indifferently about sex and nudity as long as its a little kid just looking seeking out noods of random women online or thru movie scenes, mags, but adults sharing it or extreme pornography being viewed by really little kids is just wtf.

I remember when my bro found three pages of playboy nudes torn out of a mag in the janitors closet at catholic school. That was a huuge deal and everyone wanted a look, I think 8 year old honestly might not care about something like that these days, some of them even have smartphones.

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I don't think it's really fair to blame the parents. IT's hard to control internet use and be there for every moment they have access to the internet, and honestly kids can have great parents but they're still just good at doing stuff behind their back and hiding it from them.



The only way you can control what I view and what drugs I consume is if you kill me. (drug tests and turning off the internet only slowed things down, I would just buy research chemicals and go to lan/video game cafes with my friends and buy day passes lol) I have felt that way since I was eleven or twelve.

It's ******ed to blame parents for their kids viewing of stuff unless the parents influenced the kid into it.
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#27
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#28
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#30
probably not in any unique sense. being exposed to weird subcultures, a uniquely internet experience, doesn't strike me as damaging.

the internet does expand the bullying and rape culture that kids are already exposed to. however you could argue that social media has made us all more aware of this rather than exacerbating it.
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#31
Depends on what they browse, I use the internet unsupervised and I read about a books worth of text a day. My grammar, and typing would've gone to hell if not for public chats and forums.
4chan (mostly sfw boards), UG, places I upload music, and youtube. The rest of the internet could die and I wouldn't notice.
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#32
No because I'm not like 60 years old.

What the hell is bad about it? You don't just accidentally stumble upon disgusting things on the internet lol
#36
Yes. If I had a kid, I'd put a password on the computer so fast.


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