Cyber-surveillancePosted: 5th of February 2015 by
Apparently in the US, parents are are using apps to spy on their children..what do you think about that?
According to a BBC report, the US app, Teensafe is hoping to make its way to the UK soon, giving parents here the opportunity to track what you do online. This includes tracking your search history, your social media activity and your text messages - other 'parent app' as they're called can even monitor how fast you are travelling and send parents push notifications when you drive over the speed limit or arrive home in the early hours - all of this is done via your mobile phone.
Now, you might think 'Well, that's okay, I'll just switch my phone off', but developers are already working on an alert that will let parents know when their child does this and also send them their location.
It's a find line and it's hard for parents - they have a duty to care for their children after all; but are these tracking apps a step too far? Do parents really need to know where their children are, what they are doing and what they say via text or social media all the time?
Privacy is important, not just to adults but to children also and there are two points to be made about snooping on your children. One is that trust is an important aspect of relationships with children and this kind of intense surveillance undermines trust. Whilst it is understandable that parents want to keep their children safe, there is something to be said for parents trusting their children and the worry is that snooping on behaviour might replace educating children as to potential dangers. Equally children need to trust their parents to respect their personal space - the space. Just because the technology exists to do something, doesn't make it okay to do it.
How did we manage before smart phones?
Interested in how parents interact with their children? read our article on social media and parents.
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