Open Workspaces Let You Watch Over Kids' Online Time

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My children do not spend much time around the pc. I am certain they’d like to, but I’m a firm believer in limiting media time and do not find the value in producing little digital homes to their stuffed animals. I would rather see them using their palms and a construction paper to create actual homes if that’s something which really interests them.

When things like homework require them to get online, I believe it’s important to keep a watch on what they are doing. These days there are plenty of reliable and safe online monitoring apps available (and we have those), but I prefer keeping the computer in a frequent place where I could sometimes pop up and check on what they are doing. Below are eight examples of how to integrate a pc and an easy workspace into almost any area in your house.

Amoroso Design

Preparing the personal computer in the kitchen is the ideal solution for families. Many mothers and fathers would say they spend the majority of their time in this area, which makes it a great area to house the family computer.

Charlie & Co.. Design, Ltd

The family room (particularly if it opens into the kitchen) is perfect for electronics like TVs and computers. Your children can work on assignments at the same time you read or watch a show (with the volume turned down low, of course.)

Mascheroni Construction

Maintaining the computer in a high profile place, like this hallway or the corner beneath the stairs shown below, will make it easier for you to monitor what your children are doing while they are online.

Leslie Goodwin Photography

Murdock Solon Architects

Some might think the living area is too formal of a room for keeping the family computer. I would suggest if you devote the majority of your time, take action. It is possible to dress up the area with a parson’s seat that matches the room’s other upholstery plus some pretty artwork.

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc..

If you tend to invest a hefty quantity of time in the laundry area and the space has the square footage, look at setting a desk, a chair and a computer there. Your youngster can have computer time while you type, wash and fold clothes.

Sarah Susanka, FAIA

Taking advantage of space, like the wall in this mudroom, to put a desk can be a terrific alternative. Your children can feel a feeling of solitude all time knowing you’re not too far away to test in.

If you’re not overly keen on having a computer in the usual areas of your house but like the concept of tracking computer usage, how about tucking a desk with a pc into a closet? When it is in use the doors are open, and when it’s not you can shut everything up and have it out of sight.

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