You Are Going To Need A Password…

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This morning as I cleared the obvious evidence of our morning madness, I noticed the box of cereal. The poor box of cereal became the victim of one of my kids trying to open it. It’s always the same thing, the top gets all torn up and the bag inside is ripped open and all the cereal spills from the bag into the box. I get so frustrated every single time.
The reality is that opening a box of cereal can be a difficult task for a kid. You need to know the right amount of force to use- too much muscle on the box and that little sleeve on top rips and you are not able to lock the box. Too much force on the bag and you have cereal all over the kitchen floor. Something that should be easy for our kids to do is so difficult.
On the other hand, I get disconcerted by thinking about how easy it is for kids to be exposed to everything we don’t want them to see. From pornography to violence, from Honey Boo Boo to Keeping Up with The Kardashians. It is extremely easy for kids to be exposed to sexual predators and all kinds of dangers via the internet. I have set parental control on everything that allows me and I monitor very closely what they watch and what they listen to. It has nothing to do with being controlling, it has to do with being a responsible parent, in my opinion.
Why is it so much easier for my kids to be exposed to these dangers online than it is for them to open the box of cereal? We got it all backwards.
Once again I say, I know I won’t be able to protect my kids from everything and I’m ok with that. Another thing I know is that if you want to get in my computer you are going to need a password 😉 CHEERS!

til next time,

Cynthia

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5 thoughts on “You Are Going To Need A Password…

  1. Anka says:

    Cynthia, excellent parallel between opening a box of cereal and having access to all sorts of debauchery online. Since your children are a bit older, you definitely need to set a password on your computer as well as other devices. Mine are still fighting over who gets to play Angry Birds on the iPad.

    Hope you are doing well today my beautiful friend! 🙂

    • wildinvirginia says:

      I spoke to my husband when be got home about your post. Not because I need to place controls in the t.v or computers for our two year old but because of our 16 year old. My husband said he’d done it on the computers – it was listed as one of the reasons why stepson wanted to move to live st his Mom’s who wasn’t so mean. The family court in Indiana sided with the then 13 year old and his so called ‘mother’s who has no such responsibility. She also buys him x-rated games, takes him to movies and lies about his age and lets him watch, play and listen to whatever he wants. Her reasoning? He can see it all at his friends houses so what’s the point? Our response is don’t let him hang out with kids whose parents are that irresponsible. Much laughter later she tells us we only think like that because I’m English and husband is in lae enforcement. Nobody said she’s smart. So far this child has an arrest record for drugs, alcahol and theft, has been kicked out of school and is on the road to being one if my husband’s clients! Still the Indiana Court says it’s reluctant to change the parenting order as we live out of State.

      Whilst we absolutely disagree with her, she has a point about accessing stuff at other kids homes. I did some basic searches st the library and discovered circumventing their controls was easy and took very little knowledge and time. Stores are ridiculouy lax at checking ages when selling or renting.g DVD’s or video games and Redbox has no controls at all. Promo’s for inappropriate t.v shows are shown during the day on channels you wouldn’t think to block. Kids with smartphones have easier access to stuff. We put controls on stepson’s – some kid at his school showed him how to remove them. So in truth how on earth do we really stop our kids accessing this stuff? Maybe the best we can do is register our disapproval by making a stand at home. If we’re too scary with the consequences for looking outside the home, do we run the risk of making them stay quiet about what they’ve done, knowing there’ll be consequences and therefore close off the ‘You can talk to me about anything’ avenue? What if they see something disturbing but don’t come to us?

      Maybe the question should be why do ‘we’ as adults need to see an abundance of stuff that’s inappropriate for kids? We can’t even watch the news due to ‘disturbing’ images … images we shouldn’t need to see either to understand the story or feel compassion for those affected. Why do we as a society need to see this stuff?

      • Cynthia Matos-Medina says:

        Well said.
        I believe the reason there is so much garbage out there is because there is a demand -a high demand.
        It’s sick and repulsive to be a society with such quality, but that’s the world we live in. All we have to do is keep changing those passwords every so often 😉

    • Cynthia Matos-Medina says:

      Anka, as always, is great hearing from you.
      Believe me when I tell you, I have passwords on everything I can. They are luck the refrigerator doesn’t have one 🙂
      Enjoy the Angry Birds games, it soon changes.
      Stay well my friend
      xoxo

  2. wildinvirginia says:

    Lol …. your son is more likely to figure his way round your parental controls sooner than he’ll manage the cereal packaging if the men I’ve known are anything to go by! I married my husband because not only can he figure out how I’ve messed up the computer this time, he puts cereal into plastic containers for me. He’s a keeper. Hit Dollartree lady and buy the canisters .. one less worry for you and the kids and it’ll really annoy the ants and mice. Oh right … not everyone lives in a wildlife preserve lol.

    You make a very serious point tho. I am having one of those ‘where does it end?’ days after the news from Oklahoma yesterday. These are the things that used to make me feel better when I struggled with childlessness. At least I’ll never feel that level if pain, I’d tell myself on hearing such horrible things involving kids. To think I worried about knowing when my baby was hungry when I was pregnant! If only I’d have known the real worry factor then!!

    On a lighter note, I am currently thinking of complaining to the Disney Channel for the showing of a Chlorox ad between my daughters ‘shows’. No nudity, sex or violence. But a kid running up to his Mom with a potty not so full of pee. I’m potty training … need I say more? Guaranteed to sell more cleaner tho …

    Good luck with the password controls … long may that work. We need a break from worry.

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