Over the years, when interviewed about Internet safety, I would spout my rule about placing family computers in public areas — no computers in bedrooms. In our home, we have our computers just off the kitchen, in an open family area that doesn’t have a door.
But we’ve come to a crossroad. Matthew (a high-school sophomore) has a heavy academic load, with lots of homework, and it turns out we are too noisy for him. My daughter sings and tap dances. My husband shouts at misbehaving pets. I play music.
It’s time to realize that what we are doing isn’t working, and change our rules. The kids grow up, circumstances change. Matthew, just a few months shy of sixteen, is getting a computer in his room. I’ll miss him.