My daughter is taking distance learning this year so she is online a lot. I am homeschooling my 16 year old daughter with an online Gifted and Talented organization. We have a net nanny programmed but there are still plenty of sites to keep her busy doing anything but school work. Have you come across other parents who have students doing online courses (or maybe even offline), who find it hard to keep their children focused on what they are supposed to be doing? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Spring is on the way!
~ A homeschool mom
We also have two Windows accounts per child. Each child has one account for school and whatever creative art and/or writing they want to do in their free time. The children have the passwords for their school accounts. Each child also has an account for games. Only us *parents* have the passwords to those accounts. That works very well too.
If you want to get *really* radical, here's what we do. We have an ethershield and are running Safe Eyes. Both are available from http://www.internetsafety.com
I'm pretty sure you can set it up to where *only* the websites you specify are allowed. I know for a fact that you can specify time limits - how long and during what times of the day. That means you have to go in and change those settings (like us moms really need something else to do), but it's worth the extra effort. It's working very well for us.
Did you know that you can create long course descriptions from Co-Op class info? Yep! Course descriptions describe your homeschool class that even a stranger unfamiliar with homeschooling will understand what