I know you may be thinking that I am nuts, but I don't see the harm in it.
Guest blogger Madeline: When I got pregnant with our third child, our guest bedroom/office had to be dismantled to make room for a nursery. The bed went into the garage, the desk was sold on Craigslist and the computer went into our children's room. They, of course, loved this set-up, but some of my friends thought the idea was a mistake. Even though we limit our kids' use of the Internet to 30 minutes of math games a night ("fun stuff" on the weekends only), if I'm to believe the experts (and my friends), children shouldn't be allowed to have a computer in their room.
I get it: Kids are sneaky. While we may think they're practicing their multiplication facts, they could be on YouTube watching God knows what -- or worse, right? Nope. My kids have been busted a couple of times playing on sites reserved for weekend computer use, and as a result have temporarily lost more than just their online privileges: They've lost my trust. This is why the security on their computer has been set up like Fort Knox -- they couldn't get on an unapproved site even if they wanted to. And plus, I'm a very nosy mommy.
I check the history on their computer to make sure nothing's slipped under my radar, and so far, so good. However, I'm not so naïve as to believe it won't ever happen. After all, my kids are the offspring of two former mischievous teenagers. It's in their blood to try and sneak around our rules. Which is why when they're teens (and perhaps smart enough to get around our security precautions) we will have a communal computer where online activity can be monitored even more.
So for now, I'm comfortable with a computer in their bedroom. Crazy? What do you think?