They are and you’re right, but the amount of kids online now is MASSIVE compared to 9 yrs ago.
Genie’s out of the bottle. Google was going to do a “seperate but equal” internet4kids but that idea vanished. Safe portals are 90s stuff.
Past the age of 8, they’re online. They generally follow the flow of what OTHER kids are doing online too.
But before 8? Companies need to put together better protection against bad content and unauthorized adult access.
I pick that age by observation. I wanted a safe entry for my nephew and I continually scope what’s happening that could be bad out here.
My old days involves dialup BBS’ and chat rooms, pirating software (including cracking a few myself). Man you were in surfwatch days? that had to be a pain.
Now my nephew has to deal with wifi being blocked at his middle school, but he and his friends have a “sp!cy memes” folder on the shared drive with lots of hidden folders that they stick on their flash-drives, pass msgs back and forth on using alt keyboards and stuff. I’m proud the traditions continue in their own ways.
Now I think rule34 + yiff has taken over fleshy porn these days, although I hear PornHub has a significant Minecraft section so maybe not. [that’s one of the sites, like 4chan and omegle that I don’t bother with].
I think most kids self-censor when they see stuff for the most part. They are wholesome, start getting into dank memes around 11/12, and probably the cartoony stuff (oh look it’s naked Loud House) after that.
I remember when in-your-face porn ads were everywhere. Gross times but I think they’ve gotten more sanitized and seperated now.
I don’t know what that is, and don’t think I wanna know. What i mean though is that they seem to get onlline with friends now rather than alone. Smartphones are ubiquitous — I think some kids don’t even venture on “the web” unless it’s for homework. Too many better options now.
yah, I try to stay away from that stuff. I think you got online when there was more raw shit everywhere. Now you’d have to go to liveleak.
I always tried to stay two steps ahead of my nephew. What’s the upcoming games, upcoming memes, youtube politics, etc. Now I don’t have to so much. He’s 12.5 now, has his online life pretty stabilized.
But I made it my mission for years from the time he was 6 (probably 2011) to know anything he might run into. My overall positivity for his generation probably comes from the good I’ve seen, with some exceptions of course.
Most educational was running a Minecraft server for him. “I wanna Minecraft server”, he says at 7. Ok, so I did. Got relatively popular, I learned a lot. 2012-2014.I ran it. Broke up fights. Assigned ranks so I didn’t have to monitor. It was a blast. Almost killed my laptop.
Glad I got out b4 Microsoft bought it.
57 mf diamonds on planet minecraft. No idea how. Good mix of players – probably 50/50 male female split, ended becoming a roleplaying server towards the end. Frozen now for three yrs.
They still hope it’ll come back. I feel like I did my part in creating a “good space” online for a time.