Parental controls are often used in place of a dialogue with child about cyber risks: do you agree?
Parental control softwares are used in order to prevent a child from accidentally access content they may harm him. However some parents use them completely, without having discussions with their child about risks they can encounter on internet. Do you agree parental control softwares are sometimes seen not as a protection from accidental clicks, but as a "very comfortable" way of solving child's problems without spending time by talking to him? What are your opinions about parental controls?
The role of a parent is to guide, nurture, and protect a child as best as they see fit. Every parent or household has it's own guidelines.
With regard to parental controls no one would accuse a parent of avoiding having a conversation with a child if the parent chose lock away a gun instead of talking about gun safety.
A lot of kids whine and bitch about having strict parents until they themselves become adults and understand (parental love).
No household is run by democracy. Parents make the decisions and children abide by them. Once one moves out and gets their own place they're free to live as they please.
Taking away a child's option to get into something a parent considers to be bad doesn't always require a conversation.
More often than not the child knows what their parents disapprove of!
They shouldn't be "surprised" if access is blocked.
No, because children taught "don't download files" can accidentally click on an ad or click on something around an infected Youtube video and get malware.
Or they don't understand what a phishing link is and click on what looks like was forwarded by a friend.
My son once brought up a Dora X rated rap video on Youtube clicking on what he thought was Dora the Explorer content. They often don't know what is good or bad, and parental controls provide a layer of protection the same way a PG-13 block on the TV ensures they don't click on a funny movie title and accidentally watch R rated movies.
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