How should I punish my child if he or
she finds inappropriate or harmful material on the Internet?
In general, it may not help to take away computer privileges if it is something they came across accidentally. It will only encourage them to not tell you if another incident occurs. However, if this is an ongoing problem, it may become necessary to take away computer time or require constant monitoring by an adult. This is something each family must decide based on their family's needs or experiences.
Jodie Lawton, Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009