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TR's Hot Topic: When is e-spying on kids ethical?

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There is no privacy on the net

by PortTech In reply to TR's Hot Topic: When is e ...

I am a parent of small children and I intend to make it clear that any site they visit or anything they write on the web is public. Either their parents can install spyware, or a peer could make it public. I will probably install spyware and monitior it if I think there is a need to, or randomly. They shouldn't do anything that would make them uncomfortable if thier parents or their entire school knew about. I used to work in real estate and would see other realtors dissing someone's house or badmouthing the owners during an open house. I always went on the assumption that I should act as if a nannycam was installed in every house I visited. Occassionally the owners did install nannycams to see what the prospective buyers had to say. Now I work in IT and try never to write anything that I wouldn't want to see in the local newspaper or my bosses desk the next day. Just as at work, the computer belongs to the parents or the company who are responsible for its security. I consider any online activity to be public. As other's stated it is a parents duty to keep their children safe. Would you let your child walk down to the corner porn shop with a bunch of 50 year old guys? The virtual world is real, with real people and real danger.

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