If you are a parent who has issues as far as keeping your kids at home, get them a computer. One thing that makes kids go out often is that they are bored or have nothing to do. Normally with a computer, you can do business and personal things. Of the two, the kids will surely be wanting to discover new things such as games, browsing and of course advanced applications.
In a manner of speaking, you may call computers as saviors for people who want their children at home. But while that may be the case, you should still put a certain degree of discipline as far as time spent on the computer and when to rest. These days, kids tend to get too enthusiastic with technology that they spend most of their time on them and forget to do things such as chores and sleep.
A good side to it all is that you can be assured that they are safe under your wing. No more worries of wondering where they are or what time they will get home. Indeed, computers seem to be the lesser of two evils. Computers can be lifesavers compared to leaving your kids out in the streets.
Games and the Internet has kept most kids at home. Especially for the latter, technology such as instant messaging or chat allows them to communicate with their friends as well. Some may even meet new people and at least when they do, it is safer knowing they are meeting through a computer. Just be sure not to give out personal information though.