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Having a child or young person, exposed to hundreds of different people and their views, is a terrifying prospect under the best of circumstances. There is nothing normal or healthy about it.
Originally posted by LASTofTheV8s
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I am not talking, so much, about the input given by younger visitors.
I am talking about what they are being exposed to. By that, I am not focusing, for now, on topics and subject matter.
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And, for the sake of conversation, let's all agree that, for the most part, an over 18 restriction isn't stopping anybody that has decided to come in here.
Let's also agree that many young people just are not equipped to engage in some of these conversations, with some of these subjects.
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Respectfully, how do you know this to be true? The amount of doom and gloom and fear, that is present in the world today, to say nothing of the way a site like this can literally "funnel" all of it directly into a young mind, with no filters or guidance, has never, in the history of our planet, existed before.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Kids are much more able to process apocryphal information than adults, for they don't yet have years and years of egoic positions at stake when they are confronted with life changing facts.
This is a totally different scenario. You are actually involved, and can guide, explain, and in some cases divert the focus of your child.
Originally posted by intrepid
I see where you're coming from. Most of the ATS staff are parents. We keep our eyes open for the younger members. We know what it's like for kids today. We're raising them. I have 3 teens myself. My oldest has been a member here for years.
There is no way to lock the kid away from all outside stimuli and opinions. And, if you want no restrictions on your kid, and want them to make all of their own damn decisions, good luck to you guys! Enjoy.
Originally posted by whaaa
So what do you propose? Lock the kid away from all outside stimuli and opinions. OK but please don't place restrictions on my kid to get all the information he can and make his Own damn decisions as to what advise to follow.
What you are proposing is censorship. No thanks![edit on 6-1-2010 by whaaa]
I never said anything about banning ATS. Not sure what you mean.
Originally posted by Kailassa
It sounds like the only thing that will make you happy is to ban ATS.
However it's possible that ATS could be beneficial to a child brought up in an over-protective or stultifying situation. It's better for a child to have a mature adult with whom they can discuss new ideas, than to be denied exposure to such ideas.
This is a great way to handle it. I have everything locked down, that can be locked down.
Originally posted by zatara
Like many others I understand your concern. The only way to solve this problem neatly is to do what is the usual way. It is the responsibility of the parents. They should check what their child is doing on the computer.
Install a website-lock on the ATS-site for the child...just like you should do on porn-sites.
ATS or members can not be held accountable for what your kid is reading here.