I finish school next year and my parents still keep track of and limit my computer usage. They have been very strict about this ever since I was a kid.
Before I can even use the computer, I have to ask them to unlock it first. They have locked every computer, laptop, iPad and iPhone in the house with a password to make sure I can't get in.
Then, I am only allowed on the computer to do homework and within a time limit too. It’s about an hour before they kick me off the computer. My parents look up every now and then to make sure I'm not doing anything else a part from homework.
I am never allowed to go on gaming/social networking websites or any site for that matter that isn't homework related. And when I say never, I mean NEVER – not on holidays, weekends, NEVER. Because of this, I was forced to uninstall lol last week.
What’s their reason behind this? Apparently looking at the computer is harmful to the brain and the eyes, despite the fact that I am only allowed to use the computer for little over an hour a day. I tried telling them that lol was like an outlet for stress from all my schoolwork, but they refuse to listen. I doubt I can ever reason with them.
If I want to go on any sites like this, I have to have my homework open in another window and quickly alternate between the two windows when they step in the room. I also have to make sure to clear all the history on exit, which is painfully monotonous. Or, if I’m lucky I can wait for my parents to accidentally leave a computer logged on just as they leave the house. But then I have to time my usage to make sure the computer sleeps before they come back in order to avoid suspicion.
Nobody at my school has had this hindrance with their computer usage. All of my friends can go on the computer anytime they want, with no limitations. Most have a laptop or computer sitting in their bedroom.
…Is this a big problem? Are my parents abnormal? Again, let me remind you that I have already 17 and am leaving school to go to UNI next year. I am no longer a child.
EDIT: I get good grades: mostly A’s, sometimes B’s, rarely C’s and have never failed. I also do chores around the house every Sunday and work a part time job. Although I’m not allowed to spend any of the money I earn on computer games, obviously.
EDIT: Unlike American college, Australian UNI doesn't have dorms. You go home at the end of your lesson. So I am pretty much 100% dependent on my parents until I graduate and get a real job.