My 7 year old son was on the computer last night, as I worked on dinner. When he quit and went upstairs, I jumped on to finish an article I had started earlier. I clicked on my history and I see
"Google search....Big Boobs"
He checked out a few pages. Then I see
"Google search....Really Big Boobs"
That made me laugh out loud. But then I knew I had to put on the Mommy Hat, and take care of business. I said, " I know what you were looking at on the computer and we will talk about it when Dad gets home." That "deer in the headlights" look is sooooo adorable. Don't you think?
We sat the boy down and said he was not in trouble. It's okay to be curious. But he should bring his questions to us, not the internet. The internet is not always true, but we will always be honest and tell him the truth. (Now he's getting the "when will this end look") We went on to say, he is not allowed to look at that stuff anymore or he will be locked out of the computer. ("why are you doing this to me look") I'm pretty sure by now, he was nearing the tuned out stage (you're losing me here face) So we added just one more thought....
"We will always know everything you do on that computer. We have ways through history to see EVERYTHING."
I'm not quite sure how to describe the look he had at that point. Disappointed, for sure.