Monday, 9 February 2015

More spying on kids

There’s a blatant and scaremongering advert for a spying app on the BBC’s Breakfast TV show this morning.  They briefly interviewed students and one had a very good point that I forgot to mention in my earlier post.

She said that if she were talking to a friend about a sensitive subject, that friend’s parents would be able to see that conversation.  That could be disastrous for the child, even if her friend’s parents were well-intentioned.  It’s none of their business and the child has given no permission for other people’s parents to read about and potentially interfere with her situation. 

It’s the sort of risky behaviour I was talking about in the previous post.  People should have a reasonable expectation that their communications won’t be intercepted without their permission.  Children might be at risk if adults find out their secrets and might not talk about it at all – which could be even more risky – if they think their friends’ parents might find out about it.

Little good is likely to come from spying on your kids and the potential for harm is significant.

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