See, I’m not so old that I predate being a kid when the Internet thing was around.
We first got it in 1993.
And you bet I wanted to have a computer in my room with my own phone line, but guess what my parents said? Absolutely not.
The computer was kept in the living room and we had a certain…
I think I was in the fourth grade when my parents started letting me use the internet. I have no idea if they monitored what I did (which was only watching those dumb e-card vids, play on neopets, and dink around on a bum everquest account) but they definitely restricted time. That continued when I got my first phone for my fourteenth birthday. They used both as punishments if I got grounded, and the only time my mom REALLY enforced the “No phone after 9:00” rule was when we pissed her off. But otherwise, so long as I wasn’t on until ridiculous times, I was fine. The restrictions fell during the summer, so long as I still got up and did all of the chores, and they completely went away in high school whenever I wasn’t grounded.
But my aunt doesn’t do that. My cousin NEVER gets her phone taken away when she’s grounded. Or anything, for that matter, and that’s really strange/stupid to me.