When I was a child I never worried about my parent’s spying on my online activities, but then again we didn’t have the Net to play with. There was no Facebook or Twitter. Our blogs were called journals or diaries and though we protected them, we never worried about millions of people reading our most intimate thoughts. When our parents told us not to speak to strangers they meant in person or potentially by telephone.
The world has changed my friends.
The police chief of Mahwah, N.J., James Batelli, believes that you shouldn’t be sitting there and wondering. He believes parents should be using any methods they can to spy on their kids.
According to NBC New York, Batelli, who is the father of a teenage daughter, says a parent’s biggest mistake can be naivete.
“If you sugar-coat it, parents just don’t get it. Read the paper any day of the week and you’ll see an abduction [or] a sexual assault that’s the result of an Internet interaction or a Facebook comment,” he said.
Batelli reportedly sees nothing wrong with using spyware to monitor their every virtual move and hack their passwords to Facebook and any other site for which they might have a regular fondness.
Indeed, his detectives hold free seminars to teach parents how to install spyware on all their computers at home.
My kids go online but only from the living room.Â We monitor what they do and where they go, but I can see a time coming when things will change a bit. In the interim I am beginning to think about what sort of rules will be enforced. The Net isn’t going away and neither are the dangers that are associated with it. So the question I ask myself is how much privacy do I allow them to have.
What do you think?