Ask TechBlog: Tracking An Offensive Wi Fi Network [Updated]

Thanks for sharing my question with your readers. It sure did spark some debate!

I’d like to clarify some points that it seems some of your readers have taken upon themselves to assume. Just as we do with the monitoring of her TV intake, which is restricted to a small handful of programs, we do not allow our daughter to surf the Web unsupervised. I have taken appropriate measures to shield her, as any good parent would, from things that would be objectionable to kids her age in all forms of media. She has a private e-mail address in which she uses to communicate with many relatives we have living all over the country. We think that writing e-mails not only teaches her how to use technology, but is beneficial to improving her spelling and English skills. That is the primary reason she is connected to the WiFI in our home, though a few of her games allow her to play online as well.

Still, there seems to be a lot of questions as to why a child her age would own an iPod Touch. First of all, like all children, she was attracted to the high-tech toy just as much as everyone else for the things that it does. She wanted the device, after frequent trips to the Apple Store to look and play with it, so that she could have her own iPod that played her pop songs and Disney movies. The fact that it also played games was also a plus. I personally manage the content that is put on the device and have approved every song, TV show, movie and game she hears, watches and plays. I routinely monitor her inbox for spam and delete those messages that weren’t already block by a series of stringent filters.

Finally, as if it is ANYONE’S business how we spend our money or how we raise our child, the iPod was purchased by my daughter with her own money and gift cards that she saved from birthdays, holidays and chores. My wife and I debated the pros and cons of her having such a device and felt that it was yet another way for us to teach her responsibility and the value of owning something. Regardless, she does not have free access to the device. She gets to use the iPod for allotted amounts of time when she has done things we find worthy of reward and keep it from her when she misbehaves.

I suspect that a lot of those commenting with "who cares" responses are a reflection of their own upbringing and selfish attitudes. As a parent, I want and expect better. I have confronted many people in public who were swearing in front of my child, and I’ve found that most of them to be reasonable and understanding. But at what point did people become so callous and nonchalant about the desire of parents who wish to protect their children? As I previously stated, I couldn’t care less what anyone called their network; however, the signal and it’s offending name bleeds over into MY home. That’s where someone else’s freedom of speech ends, and if I can’t block the signal or use technology to effectively hide the name, then I think I am well within my rights to ask someone to tone it down a little.

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