Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Parental trust

The advice here is as terrible as the writing.  It begins by praising ‘the American youth’ for beginning to care about their online security and privacy, rather oddly linking to Wikipedia’s article on Internet Security rather than to evidence of the claim.  Anyone else already sense a bait and switch on the horizon?

There are many ways to get protected from the fears of social media and parents can really help their children in getting towards the right track.

They can! They should! Among the methods I advocate is teaching your kids to break security, if you can, so they can better learn how to protect themselves.  Another method is to foster an ongoing dialogue with your children to establish their needs and your boundaries; not a list of rules and punishments but an expectation of good behaviour on both sides. 

I guess that’s what Vijay Prabhu is talking about, right?  Well, let’s see:

mSpy is the most trusted software used by parents to track the activities of their children and protect them from all the fears of social media.

Sigh.  The bait & switch continues:

There are many children who really trust their parents for resolving their social media troubles and doubts. However, it really depends on the relation of parents and their children.

Again, this almost sounds like a good thing.  If children are able to trust their parents to help them with difficulties arising from social media, it’s likely a good thing.  And the suggestion that this is contingent on the relationship between parents and children is obviously correct.  When parents and children have a good relationship, perhaps those kids can trust their parents to listen to their problems and help them despite any concerns non-judgementally. Maybe the parents can trust their children to act appropriately and come to them when they make mistakes.  That’s what Prabhu is talking about, right?

Seems like it:

Parents of teenagers need to be attached to their kids and give them a space to discuss their issues with any of the parent.

Good so far….

Teens have been getting help from the parents and the reality is that parents need not wait for the kids to reveal things to them. They must be informed about the activities of their children and keep parental control over them.

Oh dear.

The rest is pure shill for some spying software to install on your kid’s phones.  Installing spyware is the exact opposite of trust as should be obvious to everyone. 

I think spying on your kids is more likely to result in their adopting risky behaviour than in their being safe.  Teaching them to be aware of how they can control their exposure and that they can talk to you as a parent about adjusting your mutual expectations of each other seems a safer choice. 

Either way, not trusting your kids is a really bad idea. TechWorm, which purports to be about security and privacy, should not publish such bullshit.

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