So, my two sons ( 13 and 15) are kind of abusing their computer/gadget time. I've been kind of easy on them with not imposing time limits and I've always felt that because I'm very busy I should be more permissive with them.
Of course, that meant that they spend roughly 80% of their free time online or playing .
I'm not the most well-informed parent when it comes to computer-safety, but I wanted something to help me limit/monitor what they're doing. I'm not trying to snoop or anything. I just want to know that they're not browsing through adult sites or stuff like that.
Long story short, I found this app called Qustodio (www.qustodio.com) and I installed it on my laptop. The app works pretty good (in it's free version) and it monitors web activity, facebook and all that, along with providing a sort of time-lock on the gadgets on which it's installed.
So far, I like the darn thing. But...I haven't discussed it with the kids yet. I really don't know how to do it. I mean, I don't want to come off as being a strict parent, yet I really need to implement a system.
Any idea as to how I'm supposed to talk to them about this? Even the slightest mention of me "controling" their computer time would result in a major fight, as they tend to gang up on me in arguments.
Thanks and sorry for writing so much :)