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April 15, 2007

3 Seconds of Fame

I have been ranting for some time about my challenges of finding the best parental controls for my 8 year old son's laptop. I finally implemented K9 Web Protection but my son still has moments of despair trying to get to web pages not on the approved list.

At the same time that was going on, I also happened to be linked up with a Producer from CNET who wanted to come to my house to interview me on my adventures with Internet parental controls. Which I was excited about, except for the fact that I had to take a shower, put on real clothes other then sweats, attempt to look presentable, push all the toys from my fort living room to the family room, coax my son into coming along for the ride and make sure my twins stayed late at preschool.

Bencamera4_2 When the team arrived I felt at ease.  The producer was a mother herself and we compared notes on raising boys.  There were two camera men, one even did some decorating for me by moving things around so the shot would look good.  I always wondered how the houses with kids looked clean in the interview videos.  Now I know it is all an illusion, which made me feel better. And my son had the exciting opportunity to hold the camera.

A fun time was had by all. The video is now on the CNET site in their section titled "Keeping Your Kids Safe Online"- Video on "The Real Net Threats".  The direct link to the video is here. The Online Safety Guide and the Digital Kids Blog contain all the information I had been looking for, and more:

I was so excited to see the video, and not suprised to see my little darling rolling his eyes while I was talking. One of those special "Awww, mommmm" moments, all three seconds of it.

Cross-posted at the Silicon Valley Moms Blog


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That video was too funny! Your kid has a career in showbiz :) You looked great.

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