Working parents and My Space
I haven't faced the My Space requests -- yet --- but I know they are coming. For now, just controlling who my kids are talking to on Instant Messaging is a chore. I have asked the babysitter to limit their leisure computer time to one hour in the afternoons and I insist on peeking at the screen every once in a while when I come home and they are instant message. Still, maintaining control isn't easy and my kids aren't always forthcoming when I question them about their online conversations or try to look over their shoulder. I really enjoyed a column by Ralph De La Cruz debating whether to allow his son to get a My Space page.
Recently, I have had co-workers complain to me about their teens' grades slipping because they are unsupervised after school and spend too much time playing video games instead of doing homework.
I'm curious about your experiences. Do you have any rules for use of technology while you are at work? What about when you are at home? Do your kids resent when you get home from work and try to put an end to their video game playing or computer use?