isn't really a drug question but maybe you can help. We are
getting a computer before school starts for our 11-year old
son. He wants it in his room. I'm afraid he'll spend all his
time in his room and never socialize with the family. I want
it in the family room. What do you think?
A. The computer
is a great idea and will help your son with his homework and
familiarize him with the Internet and its wide range of information.
But….you are right to want it in a common area for several
First, you don't
want him to spend all his time holed up by himself. Perhaps
more important, you don't want him surfing the Internet without
some supervision. There's great stuff on the Internet and
there's garbage. You'll need to establish rules about how
much time and when he can use the computer (when you're around);
you'll need to establish expectations about types of sites
that are not acceptable (pornography, violence, pro-drug).
Then get someone to show you how to check the sites visited
so you can do that from time to time.
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