To Skype or not to Skype?

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.

4 thoughts on “To Skype or not to Skype?

  • February 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm
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    Let him earn it (ex: 30 min. of skype for 1 hour chores/homework). Then set rules and boundaries, like everything else in life. Such as, you can only skype on family computer in the living room while an adult is home. That way you can come in a out of the room as you please but still give him some space. They just have to understand that everything is on the internet and everything is not for a 13-year-old.

  • February 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm
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    I allow my son to use Oovoo it is another form or something like Skype they have parent control and not sure if Skype has that feature. Also it is so important to have All passwords code so you never know when you might have to use them. Good luck on what you decided Mother of a 14 year in Texas. Maria Montes

  • February 17, 2012 at 12:40 am
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    Oh, I looked around your other blogs, I guess you do not post your viewers comments. I personally think you would have more viewers if you allowed them to post the feedback you are asking for. I would like to see what other people have to say. I thought that was the point.

  • February 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm
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    Thank you for your comments Ashley and Maria. I have my comments set to be moderated and must be approved by me to be published. Most of the comments are spam so I don’t want all that to publish.

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