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Old 01-13-2018, 11:39 AM
 
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If you notice on Facebook, you'll see kids eat Tide-Pods on video. As a parent, you don't want your hold to be exposed to dangerous things and have them copy it. It would make sense to block these sites from your computers and phone.

What do you think? Are parental controls feasible? Something that's too difficult to bypass.
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Old 01-13-2018, 12:10 PM
 
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If you notice on Facebook, you'll see kids eat Tide-Pods on video. As a parent, you don't want your hold to be exposed to dangerous things and have them copy it. It would make sense to block these sites from your computers and phone.

What do you think? Are parental controls feasible? Something that's too difficult to bypass.
I really think when it comes to stunts and challenges, talking about it is most important. They are going to come across the ideas at school and outside from their peers who do watch the videos so sheltering them from the ideas isn't helpful in the long run. Its like talking to them about sex or drugs...those issues will come into their worlds no matter how good of a computer nanny system you have.

I do say this is different then them being allowed to watch porn or very violent movies...because those aren't reality and cause changes to the brain. But there is a reality that a peer will be having sex, or some kids will be doing a challenge or other youtube non-sense. So dealing with it directly is important, in my view.

My kids know all "challenges" go through me.
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Old 01-13-2018, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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My "parental control" is to teach my kids not to be stupid enough to eat poison.

That is part of raising them from infancy.

"No no, don't touch! That's hot!"

"Don't eat that! That will make you sick!"

All the way to discussions about fitting in, peer pressure and being strong enough to say "no."

It's a lifelong lesson that no app or control setting is going to replace.
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Old 01-13-2018, 04:58 PM
 
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Can't rep you Birdie, but amen.
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:17 AM
 
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Birdie, you are spot on! I'm tired of the cost being passed on to me to make packaging safer because parents aren't teaching their kids. Teenagers should know by now what to put in their mouth! As for the babies and toddlers that don't know, it's called parent being responsible and keeping that stuff high and locked away! It's common sense! I like the colors of the pods, don't punish me because these kids are stupid! Parents are getting upset because their kids are being cyber bullied, well, you gave them the devices that allows them to do that! Easier now, harder to bully face to face. Wake up!
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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Unless absolutely every single parent of every single friend also blocks those sites it's not going to help. What does help is having ongoing conversations with your children from the beginning about what is and is not safe behavior. That includes having a conversation about "new" dangers when one learns about them.
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:53 AM
 
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The tide-pod challenge seems easy to remind kids not to be stupid. But the cinnamon challenge killed people and what tween or teen is going to think that through.

SO its back to a conversation about the stupidity of challenges and if they want to do it, they have to clear it with mom or dad.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.873cc6b20ae9
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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If you notice on Facebook, you'll see kids eat Tide-Pods on video. As a parent, you don't want your hold to be exposed to dangerous things and have them copy it. It would make sense to block these sites from your computers and phone.

What do you think? Are parental controls feasible? Something that's too difficult to bypass.
Feasible? Yes, sort of. Practical? Nope. There are too many ways for a teen to get onto the internet that you don't have control over.

Additionally, it doesn't take a video challenge in order to make a teenager be an idiot. There was no internet when I was a kid, but I managed to pull some monumentally idiotic stunts, nevertheless. To this day, I wonder how I survived some of the asinine things that I did.

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My "parental control" is to teach my kids not to be stupid enough to eat poison.

That is part of raising them from infancy.

"No no, don't touch! That's hot!"

"Don't eat that! That will make you sick!"

All the way to discussions about fitting in, peer pressure and being strong enough to say "no."

It's a lifelong lesson that no app or control setting is going to replace.
Exactly. While we can't protect our children from every idiotic idea that comes along, we can try to impart enough secondhand wisdom to hopefully mitigate the stupidity.

I am often curious as to how many of the children doing these truly idiotic challenges are "technology kids," i.e. raised in front of a screen rather than raised by their parents.
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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If you notice on Facebook, you'll see kids eat Tide-Pods on video. As a parent, you don't want your hold to be exposed to dangerous things and have them copy it. It would make sense to block these sites from your computers and phone.

What do you think? Are parental controls feasible? Something that's too difficult to bypass.
Nature has a way of weeding out the STUPID before they can reproduce.
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Old 01-14-2018, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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If you notice on Facebook, you'll see kids eat Tide-Pods on video. As a parent, you don't want your hold to be exposed to dangerous things and have them copy it. It would make sense to block these sites from your computers and phone.

What do you think? Are parental controls feasible? Something that's too difficult to bypass.
Teenagers have a gift for finding their way out of the bubbles their parents try to wrap around them. I guess the question is -- what idiot would ever think that eating detergent is a good idea?!?! Better to bring it out in the open and discuss the level of stupidity involved. I swear, on that video, half the kids looked like they were already stoned.
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