Our 13 year old son came to us last night asking for a Skype account. He tells us that “all his friends” have one. Don’t you just LOVE that reason?? His dad and I are still considering his request. You might be wondering, so what are your objections and concerns?
First let me reiterate, our 13 year old son asked us for a Skype account. While I’m all for him being able to stay in touch with his friends, I want to be able to continue to monitor these conversations. I would hope that there is a way to do this with Skype.
My kids already chat with friends from all over the globe. ManBoy has a microphone that he uses to speak to his friends. Why would he need Skype as well?
I’m not sure that I’m comfortable with my son being able to see the other person as they chat via video chat. While I can see how this could be an educational experience, say if his friend were to take him for a tour of his neighborhood in London for example, I can also see where it could be too easily abused. Two teenage kids, no matter what the country they live in and how innocent they are, can all too easily get themselves into trouble.
While we want to be open minded to welcoming new technology into our homeschool, we also don’t want to just throw caution to the wind. Perhaps I need to chat with other parents who allow their kids to Skype and get their input. Would LOVE to hear from my readers if they have any input to give me.