We are in the middle of Fall Ball and there is nothing quite like the baseball field in the crisp, cool evenings. We love this sport! They love catching the fly balls and I love catching the shots!
This season we have seen interesting developments in the dugout. The boys are a little more rowdy and not as awed by the baseball process as they were even a season ago. But that is okay because they are growing up and figuring things out and gaining confidence, all good things! The challenge is that baseball is not all they are figuring out at this age. A few weeks ago a team member gave detailed instructions to the whole dugout about how to disable your parents’ parental controls on your laptop. Wow! That was a lesson that I wasn’t prepared to hear from a 9 year old! My boys were there and took it all in and even asked questions! I got home and followed the instructions and, to my dismay, they worked very well.
What is the lesson here? That our kids are two steps ahead of us at all times. While we need to be in constant communication about internet dangers with our children, we also need to be smarter than they are with the controls. Check your settings right now, simply do a search (for something you don’t want your kids searching for) and see if your screens (including smart phones) are locked down. Be sure to click on the ‘images’ tab too when searching. When I checked my computer and my phone, I discovered that my sites were blocked fine but not my images, requiring additional research. Remember if they have 3G or 4G they can get past your locked down router controls too. I recommend calling Covenant Eyes for help (877) 479-1119 if you are unsure about your parental control world. Their site has great info on filtering content and how to manage it all and their service works great.
Remember Mom, you are the only one who can protect your child’s childhood and keep them safe on the screens at home, it is your call!