Monday, April 11, 2011

I is for Internet (what else)

My family and I watched Tron this weekend.  Both the original Tron and Tron Legacy. Wow.  It was so nostalgic to see the original flick that was sooooooo high tech back in my day, and realize how weird it was that I lived in the days before the World Wide Web.

The content of the original movie was as disbelieving as the early animation to my beautiful teens, and they laughed almost the entire way through.  I provided my own commentary though and told them that both the technology and their cool graphics in Legacy would be obsolete in another 20 years as well.  They concurred.

The world is changing fast, and the internet makes us aware of it even faster. :)  Not that I'm complaining (well, maybe a little). I mean, I love progress. I love the advances. But sometimes the stuff you find on the internet is less than pleasant to behold.

My oldest daughter just finished a report on internet filtering, and the debate about whose responsibility it is to enforce.  Is it the parents'? The teachers'? The content owners'? How about the government?  It was a great topic for her to debate and interesting to get her views and take on the matter.  I'm proud that she thought parents should take a more active role in protecting their children, regardless of what any one else chose to do.  And that kids shouldn't try to get around filters meant to protect them....but then my daughter is unique.

There's a lot of information out there, and a lot of kids who want it all.  Adults, too.  It's a beautiful thing called freedom of speech. I love it. Really I do.  But it also means diligence, patience, and a darn good filtering system my husband installed. It's so good that it kept me from blogging a few months back.  I had to have him take me off the network so I could actually post youtube videos on my blog. He had chosen to block them because the kids were spending too much time watching them and not enough time on homework.

I tend to fall into a similar trap, but with social media and research. Which leads me to today's question. How do you monitor your time on the internet to maximize it as a resource? Do you have a program to help you monitor your time? Do you have a schedule you follow and monitor yourself? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants and say, "To heck with a schedule. Long live the internet!!!"  :)


  1. This is a difficult question to answer. I think the important point to start from is that the internet is amoral, that is to say it is neither good or bad, it is in what WE use it for that causes good or bad.
    As a parent I am a strong believer in "teach correct principals and let them govern themselves", but that is easy for me to say as I have 3 very responsible teenagers. We constantly talk about positives that need doing, chores, homework and studies and they generally manage to find the right balance with only gentle correction from us.


  2. We have one computer in the middle of the house, I have filters on it, and I block it with a password. This helps us manage time as well as content. As for my own use? I try to make sure my time is well-spent. I admit to some mindless play time, but I also use it for writing and learning and genealogy.


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