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Aug 15, 1:01 AM

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I started using internet when i was 13 years old, now at the age of 21 i feel like internet has aged along with me. Most of the time when im surfing web i subconsciously believe that majority of the people on internet are either of my age group or older, the thought that kids below 13 yr olds are using internet for some unknown reason just never crossed my mind until recently when i stumbled upon some youtuber featuring Paul brothers's bad influence on kids. (just to let it be clear,this thread is not for paul brother discussion but discussing about children's' presence on internet as a whole though you can discuss paul bros if u want)

Anyway what do you think about the presence of kids on internet? Do you have some good/bad experiences with them?

tbh as i never thought once that i could be talking to a 12 year old so i behaved the same with everyone no matter if i was having a normal chat, a heated argument or nasty insultous trolling though i might want to start paying a little but more attention to whom im talking from now on.


ps- if theres a similar thread to this then let me know.
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Aug 15, 1:08 AM

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I started using the internet around the same time as you and feel, also, that I've aged along the internet. I guess that it is fair to assume that there aren't many kids here since I wouldn't use sites like this until I was like 16-17. Since I don't surf the same sites I did as a kid, I don't believe there are many children here. It's not a perfect logic but it is what it is.

This is quite a funny issue. IRL, I often forget that I am not supposed to swear around children.
 
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It is kind of awkward.
Seeing all these kids claiming to be depressed, insane, or psychopathic is just cringy. I recently had some kid send me four long messages because I told them to stop pretending there is something wrong with when it was clearly just angst.

I sometimes wonder what the parents of 9-year-olds who watch porn are doing.

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UnoPuntoCinco said:
I started using the internet around the same time as you and feel, also, that I've aged along the internet. I guess that it is fair to assume that there aren't many kids here since I wouldn't use sites like this until I was like 16-17. Since I don't surf the same sites I did as a kid, I don't believe there are many children here. It's not a perfect logic but it is what it is.

This is quite a funny issue. IRL, I often forget that I am not supposed to swear around children.

You might be wrong there about not many kids using websites like this... I didn't make an account until this year but I have been looking at stuff on this site for a few years.
There are plenty of kids you can find on anime and manga forums these days.
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Seeing all these kids claiming to be depressed, insane, or psychopathic is just cringy.
Preach. I think it's in to fetishize sadness.

love_lain said:
You might be wrong there about not many kids using websites like this... I didn't make an account until this year but I have been looking at stuff on this site for a few years.
There are plenty of kids you can find on anime and manga forums these days.
I concede the point. I must conclude that I won't modify my behavior just because of the potential presence of kids. I am not going to have less fun because of children; that is reserved to parents.
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Aug 15, 1:26 AM

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I really don't care as long as they're not rude towards me.
 
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Aug 15, 1:32 AM

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I just don't really care about them at all.

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Aug 15, 1:34 AM

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Kids should be monitored by their parents, not by the government.

On another forum, a guys 12 year old daughter basically announced who she was and I told her to go and speak to her dad because that's possibly the worst way a child can join a forum. I knew both him and the daughter so didn't want anything to happen.
 
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Aug 15, 1:40 AM

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Kids nowadays have it so easy. They want to be YouTube stars and Instagram famous. They have expensive iPhones at age 13, looking at their phone nonstop and all of that. The parents should be aware what’s on their phone/web history.If they started like the rest of us using the internet they’ll be more in tune with everyone.

IMO it’s kind of sad to plead your child to get off their phone just to talk or do an activity. Seeing commercials saying “less screen time” the parents should teach their children to know when to use their phones/tablets at an appropriate time.
 
Aug 15, 2:04 AM

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Oh yeah. Alot of kids tell me I have a condecending tone with them. That is if they publicly show their age. I began using the internet at the ripe age of 8, I was capable of P2P by 9, and fully operated the PC by 10. Nowadays, I never frequent the sites I did as a kid, they all closed pretty much.
 
Aug 15, 2:11 AM

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I do not think about the age of others on the internet or in general wonder much about what kind of real life person might be behind the online persona.

It stands to reason that I am around a decade older than most of you.

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Kids should be monitored by their parents, not by the government.
They get way too much monitoring as it stands and most of it is not in their own interest but rather just moral control.


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Aug 15, 2:21 AM

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I don't really bother thinking about age and just focus on what each person is like. I don't really see anyone under 12 or 13 online though.
 
Aug 15, 2:40 AM

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love_lain said:

I sometimes wonder what the parents of 9-year-olds who watch porn are doing.


Back in the day, in elementary school we used the classroom's computer for the exact same thing. Though it was mostly out of joy doing sth. forbidden until one of us got busted. lol You kind of shouldn't understimate how kids can think in certain ways. Giving them a shere magical advice and then leaving them unattended really is a bad idea.

Personally, I really started using the same age 12-13. Gaming forums for RPGs and various strategy games, but also off-topic dicussions. Being anonymous was thrilling since you could have real debates with adults. Of course I would fail and loose arguments or not get the bigger picture entirely but it was a great way to learn a lot.

 
Aug 15, 4:03 AM

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Oh ho ho.
When I was a kid, I got into all types of weird shenanigans on the internet.
I don't remember how old I was when I started using the internet. I'll go ahead and say nine since I know I was on Neopets when I was 10, but was using the internet before that to do random stuff like trying to learn French for at least a year.;; Before that, I think I just used the computer to play games because my dad worked at a computer company.

I was definitely on some sites I shouldn't have been on as per terms of service. Sometimes, I was doing things I shouldn't have been doing (not THAT bad, but they alarmed my dad when he found out).
I never really did anything that was just outright dangerous I think, just stumbled across interesting porn and learned some terms I didn't need to know as a 9-11 year old, but whatever. Sometimes I was approached by weird people, but I always knew what to do and what not to do.

I learned a lot though. So for those kids on the internet now, I really hope that the internet broadens their horizons. Like, there are so many things I'd be not chill with at all if it wasn't for hanging out on Gaia Online's forums. There are so many jokes I would have missed out on. Honestly, I would probably not even be the same person I am now if I started using the internet at the age I should have been using it at. So I hope that's a good thing for them. They have all this knowledge at their fingertips. I hope it helps them grow.

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Aug 15, 4:52 AM

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I feel it's okay as long as they're supervised by their parents, or are at least old enough that their parents trust them to be responsible on their own. I've never had to deal with one of these kids myself but I have heard the horror stories and it's almost always the parents fault
 
Aug 15, 5:10 AM

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The only times I've had to deal with kids online was back in my RuneScape days, and it was okay. It's easy to say they're all shitty and annoying, but I'm sure I would've been the same had I been able to get on the internet as kid.
 
Aug 15, 5:31 AM

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There shouldn't be any regulations in my opinion. You can raise awareness about certain issues and give them all sorts of advises but restricting their access to the internet or spying on them is too much.

Also the reason why most of us don't see them is because the content we are interested in is different from the one they are looking for.

For example it is very unlikely for a 13-year-old to find himself writing a 2000 word post about Bernie Sanders on MAL Current Events.
 
Aug 15, 6:56 AM

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let the kids explore the internet; it introduces them to shit that they'd be kept away from otherwise, allows them to gain experiences that should one day help them mature (or get addicted to porn, either one). as for my experiences with kids, i'll laugh at some of what they post but otherwise i don't treat them any different.
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is this a male gender issure...human issue...mental illness perhaps?
 
Aug 15, 9:09 AM

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Once I realise that they're there, it is preeetty awkward, cause we're talking kids who are the same age as our nieces/nephews, younger cousins, maybe even the age of your own kids if you're married. And I definitely put up some kind of adult front, whether unconscious or not, when I'm speaking to them. BUT they're probably doing the same, and acting more like a kid in front of their aunt/cousin/mom whatever

But kids nowadays are so mature so I'm kinda on the fence. A lot of 13 year olds now don't dress or talk like 13 year olds of the past. Some kids in elementary school can be really mature for their age.

Would you say the Internet has ruined them OR would it be that kids have just adapted to the Internet age in which case they should be accustomed or will get accustomed to talking to adults and watching risky content anyway
 
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Depends on what everyone here means by "mature".
For example, there was this young girl, who I think was 12, and was basically on YouTube (you should be 13 to have an account but not like that happens anyway) and her whole "career" was just judging others and taking the mick out of them in front of the public eye. She and many others called herself very mature, but she in no way was.

I don't know what mature means to the rest of everyone, but it simply isn't just someone who doesn't play with toys or anything stereotypical of children, especially not anymore. Unless you're all talking about those shouting teenagers who get drunk and flock in groups, and that's not mature at all.

Children are inexperienced: they're never properly experienced, and it's impossible to be at that age. Children will always make mistakes because they're growing up, and bandwagoning is a prime example of children hooking onto any form of drama and attention that they can grab ahold of.

It's less of maturity and more about general awareness of the world and the people around you. If you realise something is bad, you wouldn't do it unless you had no remorse holding you back. But nonetheless, you'd be able to control yourself and not act irrationally and still understand how it is with others.
Immature or mature, that's subjective. You can have both rude and careless mature and immature people, even if that itself makes them not mature. But then again, that just confirms something more complex.
 
Aug 15, 10:27 AM

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The same way i view people of a younger age in physical spaces they aren't supposed to be---engage sparingly, etiquette, watch and listen. What for? The stuff that'll help you understand things w/o rubbing off wrong unknowingly.
 
Aug 15, 11:19 AM
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I consider anyone under 18 to be a child. The powers that be are inclined to agree.
Legally, the term child may refer to anyone below the age of majority or some other age limit. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines child as "a human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier".

Thus, when conversing on MAL, I generally feel like I am talking to children...because I usually am. Many users are less than half my age.

That said, I try to focus on the actual points made rather than the person making them.
 
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Kids today with their Mindcrack and Fourth Night. Back in my day, if we wanted a game, we had to ask our parents to drive us to Blockbuster. We didn't have no Wi-fi or Hoo-ha.



 
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Heck, I was mostly after Flash games and contents about Half-Life 2 when I was 10. I remember being fascinated by the Internet the fact I got a lot of access to information and porn.

Kids don't bother me on the Internet nor do I underestimate their learning capabilities, because we've all been there before getting our hands on everything around us out of curiosity. For most of the cringy they do right now, they'll get over it once they grow up.
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Aug 17, 5:29 AM

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i think parents should have some kind of responsibility over what their kids do on the internet if they're under 13/14 but in my experience most kids just watch stuff aimed at children on youtube or play games. also if ur like 30 and u talk with kids ur creepy lol
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Aug 17, 5:52 AM

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the worst experiences I've made were with adults.
At least kids have an excuse for being dumb. Adults have no such excuse and they tend to be way more twisted than kids.


Kids are annoying, but that's usually as bad as it gets. That being said, you should probably stay offline if you're younger than 13.

 
Aug 17, 6:24 AM

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It's just normal, we're in the internet era, it's just natural that kids use internet, grow up, and then a new generation of kids starts using the internet and those aren't kids anymore start complaing about kids using the internet, and it will be a pseudo-infinite cycle that will only end when the internet is no more
 
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I've been using the internet since I was 10 and forums since middle school. It's another reason why I don't take anything personal/serious whilst I'm online 'cause it's like, "Lol, bitch who cares? You can be talking to a 14 year old!". But it's usually adults that make me go, "Huh wtf, did you really just type that out?"
 
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my nephew uses youtube and he's like 5 that shit's fucken wild to me but I can't do shit about it :(
I didn't start using the internet till I was 11 or 12 and even then I was only allowed for a few hours a day. Makes me feel old, but no one can really stop kids from going online and even with safety features it's not exactly safe. Worst thing on the internet for kids is adults.

reminds me my first exposure to porn was on this forum when I was 13 (i fucken screamed, little baby me wasnt ready to see peen)
 
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Hard question. I got my own computer at age 11, and through shock sites was pretty much immediately exposed to hard core pornography, violence, and any movie I wanted. And no regrets. I had an awful home life and the internet was my escape, my mother censoring it for my child eyes definitely would have been a net bad in my life.

But overall, is it good for kids to be exposed to shit like that at age 11/12. Now as a 24 year old kind of seems like not really? Of course I dont think the government should censor the internet. But wtf can a parent even do? Seems like you'd have to come down pretty hard to eliminate all possibility of ur kid watching porn really young. It's a bit fucked up but it's basically the societal norm these days anyways.

No solution from me just my own internet experience to terrify all the parents out there.
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Aug 18, 12:40 PM

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All I know is when I become a parent I will be heavily restricting my children's internet usage until they hit Middle School and won't fully lift all the restrictions until Highschool. The internet does almost nothing but harm to children, hell if I'm letting it get in the way of them getting good grades and a proper school life.

In regards to how I act on the internet it definitely does suck you really never know everybody's age but oh well that's just too bad. People just have to accept the fact there'll always be kids on every site. Like a while back there was this witchhunt against me spreading all sorts of false rumors and fake images and other bullshit and one of the rumors was that because I make dirty jokes in my videos and children sometimes watch my videos, by making these dirty jokes somehow I'm actually secretly grooming these children and am really a pedophile. Which is obviously such bullshit and really pissed me off that apparently there is no line to which the online voice acting community won't stoop beneath, that the community is truly filled with some of the most garbage people on the internet (ironically one of the people leading the witchhunt later had to leave the internet because it came out he was an actual pedophile sending dick pics to children). Like I'm sorry but I'm not gonna stop putting out the content I want to make just because children might be watching, the majority of my audience is highschool age, they can fucking handle dirty jokes. Maybe people should stop being shitty parents and actually monitor what their kids are watching rather than blame it on the content creators.
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Aug 20, 1:20 AM

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fucking weird. kids are aware as fuck nowadays, in having a broader view of the world through technology and connectivity. elementary school kids knowing of various youtubers and fortnite. technology has advanced their thinking at a hyper-accelerated rate. it’s scary. try talking to kids and they’ll seem a lot older than they actually are. compared to my childhood, all i was interested in was pokemon. it just seems like my childhood was a lot more narrow sighted than the kids of today.


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reminds me my first exposure to porn was on this forum when I was 13 (i fucken screamed, little baby me wasnt ready to see peen)

my first time looking at internet pr0n was surreal too. why is this lady naked and why do i feel good looking at her? i knew it was wrong to look, but it couldn’t be helped.
 
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in general let them do what they want

Today's teens are better than you, and we can prove it https://www.vox.com/a/teens

and imho todays kids are much more knowlegeable overall if not more intelligent than previous generations like us (Flynn Effect at work)

the only downside of the internet is its making more young kids do suicide (or have more mental illness) because of social pressures like bullying and pressure to succeed in school/society
 
Aug 20, 10:23 PM

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I don't think it's that big of a deal because kids will most likely go towards content that are meant for children.

It's not until they go over the age of 13 that it can become an issue because teenagers start to find more mature topics attractive. If they don't have the correct guidance at home combined with their own self-discipline, they can easily find several poor examples of role models on the internet and their parents would be none the wiser.
 
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