Your thoughts on webcams?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-15-2007
Your thoughts on webcams?
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Fri, 12-12-2008 - 12:42pm

I feel like I am shooting down every idea that DS has asked for for Christmas. He asked for a PS3, which we are not getting -- can't justify spending $400 on it when we have a perfectly good system already (Wii) and the only games he likes for PS3 are rated M, which I refuse to have in my house...

He also wanted a big trampoline. DH shot that one down. Too afraid of injury.

So it seems like he should get ONE little thing on his list. He is asking for a Web Cam. I am a little hesitant just because of all the stories being reported about the inappropriate pictures kids are sending to each other via their cell phones and internet... Why make it even easier? BUT-- he has to use his computer in the common area of the house, where we can always see what he is doing. And the reason he wants it is to video chat with his friend who recently moved to Texas, and another friend who moved to New Zealand. They both do video chat. What are your thoughts on it? Is it asking for trouble?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-07-2005
Fri, 12-12-2008 - 1:27pm

I don't think the webcam is a bad idea. You just need to monitor it. Do you have any internet monitoring programs?


We bought a trampoline and it has an enclosure...very safe. We don't allow them to have too many on it at the same time and if they horseplay they are put OFF!!!


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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 12-12-2008 - 1:29pm

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-11-2007
Fri, 12-12-2008 - 1:36pm
I think it would be ok as long as it is monitored properly and it comes with a set of rules of what he can and can not do with it.Also like the previous poster said if it can be removed when you are not home or if your ds has a group of friends over and you do not trust their judgment you can take it off.One problem with a lot of stuff out there is we have to monitor the kids with then they whine because they act like we are invading their privacy.The internet is a great tool,Im is great,picture cells phones are fine,but kids this age still need to be watched closly when they use this stuff,even though they hink they no everything,

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 12-12-2008 - 5:38pm

My son and daughter (14 this month) have webcams.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2005
Fri, 12-12-2008 - 10:17pm
We have a webcam for the computer. I got it when my daughter was born so my Mom and sister could see her. it isn't even hooked up to the computer right now but we do put it on occasionally. Maybe you could get it for him and then only hook it up when he has a chat time set up with his friends.
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Registered: 09-26-2003
Mon, 12-22-2008 - 9:13pm
I am totally against them.

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Registered: 08-29-2003
Sun, 12-28-2008 - 9:31am

I also think that any tool like that can be great or it can

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 12-28-2008 - 1:57pm

My kids use a webcam site that is very similar to AIM and works pretty much the same way.