I don't mind at all, although I don't have my own kids. I think I'd probably set up a rule like above. I mean, eventually, your kids will have to know what porn is. The curiosity is kind of good, actually. It's normal.
My daughter is 17 and has had a computer in her room for a couple of years now. She has a MacBook now, and it goes everywhere with her. I had a keylogger on her computer until about 4 months ago when she got her MB.
I don't think age has anything to do with it. It's like driving, dating, anything else like that. You have to judge the maturity level of that particular child, and make decisions according to that and situations.
Obviously depends on the age and the level of responsibility of the child - some kids are just good kids, others are little bastards.
I had a computer in my room for the last couple of years of High School when I needed it for the boat loads of essays I had to write but back then there was no such thing as broadband internet so it was offline - just used it for a bit of gaming but mainly homework as it was pretty old.
It's all relative - I don't think there's a unified solution for the issue.
I would require it to be in the family room, if I had kids, until they prove they are mature and responsible with it. Course I would still check up on them from time to time. And if the trust is found broken, back to the family room for good. With pedophiles today, I wouldn't take ANY chances.
My step-son has had a computer in his room since he was 11. He plays on-line games. Being 14 now he uses MySpace alot and on-line games. We keep tabs on him but he is a great kid, gets good grades and I told him he gets a virus on his computer from porn I am not fixing it. Tired of fixing my own computer
I have always had basic content blocking stuff. nothing as hardcore as keyloggers
age 10-12 the computer was in my room
but then my parents took it out and put it in living room. They just say they wont let any teenage in their house have a computer in their room.
it usually doesnt make much difference for me but i do miss
a) Having my stuff, and my stuff only on my desk. I am very picky about my setup. When it was in my room, on the desk was only the mini and the screen with the mouse keyboard printer speakers cleverly hidden away. now the desk is cluttered with everybodys junk
b)having what I want plugged in. Also when it was in my room, i could neatly have my camcorder and midi keyboard plugged in and cleverely stowed away. now theres no where to hide it :s and mom doesnt like all the techy stuff
c) peace. when editing videos or doing homework, it was nice to have peace and be away from the family.
I know, i abused the system by using the computer too much. Im conquering an addiction, and doing it pretty well if you ask me
if there was only one computer in the house, it would be in the living room and put under strict time limits. if i had the luxury for the kids to have a computer in their own room, i'll just have some internet restrictions, but other than that, i'm fine after about 14-15 for them to have a computer in their room to do homework, etc.
i had a computer in my room starting halfway through my junior year of high school, but it had no internet (not because of parent's restrictions) until senior year. i used the living room computer alot though because it was the only one with internet for a while and it had the better programs.
I used the money I made during my summer job to get a laptop at the beginning of my sophomore year of high school (when I was 15). It was exclusively my computer, and that worked out perfectly fine. Up until then I used the family computer, and that was fine too. Of course, my parents have always been considerably more trusting than I feel a lot of parents are, and I've worked to continue to deserve their trust, even now that I'm at college (and have been for several years). Keeping good relations with your parents just makes life much easier and more enjoyable.
Gosh, I've had at least one computer in my room at all times since I was 6 or so, I guess. And once my hobby of collecting older computers took off, the number instantly exploded. (There are about 25 computers in my room/closet at the moment.)
When I have kids, I don't think I'll have a problem with letting them have a computer at around 5 or 6 years of age. Maybe they can have my iBook.
My first computer was an amstrad something something, that ran Windows 3.1, badly... I loved it though, used to play Zak McKracken and the Alien Mind Benders, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and some racing game that alludes me, that scarily had better AI than most modern racing games...
Moved to a proper PC in 2001 ish. Always had a PC in my room.
I let my son have at it with parental controls. He still managed to get by it and got into porn and viewed other sites that were violent, and dumb (like the movie "Jackass"). He started at age 14, and by the time he was 15, I had to put him in a residential program. He is addicted to porn, and where it would have gone from there I can only imagine. He has been gone for 18 months and someone else is raising my son, and for a hefty penny.
I would put the computer in a central location, and constantly check on the child. Otherwise, your kid could wind up in Utah with my kid. That is if predators don't get him first.