366Re: net nanny business
- May 31, 2001Hi,
The other day my 11 year old son told a
semi-children's "dirty" joke while we were having
supper. I was at first taken aback by the fact that MY
SON was like that, however, I was more surprised to
see my 8 year old son and my 6 year old daughter
laughing at the joke.
As an adult I assumed the worst about the minds of my
children but soon realised that they each had their
own perspective of the joke. Although they are all
aware of the "Birds and the Bees" in their own little
way(as we make it a point at home to openly discuss
any "quizzes" that may arise)they did not take the
joke so seriously as I had.
What am I getting at?
Whether filtering is good or not, I don't know.
Speaking as a parent, I do what I can to prepare my
children for the outside world, particularly if I
can't be with them. I do this by discussing, pointing
out, reinforcing ideas and principles that I feel will
firstly protect them and secondly allow them to
formulate their own decisions (however innocent those
decisions may be).
As a teacher I think I have a duty to the same with my
students. I am not in the class just to teach, I am
their to guide, encourage, advice, prepare and foster
the learning and understanding of my students (at all
ages). If I can do that,then I would feel confident
that my students would be able to handle any obscene
occasions that may arise from Internet use or abuse by
Maybe I am too idealistic but I think that rather than
trying to stop the inevitable, it may be more logical
to prepare our students to react accordingly when it
raises it's ugly head.
Thank you for hearing me
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