Thursday, February 5, 2015

What If What You Thought Was Private, Was Not Private At All.

Image courtesy of Samuel Huckins (flickr)
Did you know that the average kid in America spends over seven hours in front of a screen? (Link) Kids have been without internet until the past 40-30 years; we are still figuring out the best strategies for monitoring kids on the internet because we want to protect them from harm but also let them use it for a resource. There have been several studies on how to monitor them and whether or not monitoring is a privacy encroachment. Kids are open to poor privacy policies due to the easily accessible screens by people all around the world (NSA), and can access anything on the internet while being unsupervised.Kids use the internet for homework, school and its a great resource, but it also holds many bad sites too. We want to protect them from it but also let them use it. That brings us to the question: are kids being monitored and educated about and on the internet’s massive power? Yes, kids are being monitored and educated about the internet even if it means being exposed to poor privacy encroachments .

Teens are being monitored and should be being monitored because they can access terrible sights and sites on the internet, for example, hate sites, pornagraphy. However,the question is, where to determine where monitoring crosses the line of privacy. I personally feel that kids should not be subject to privacy encroachments because it is their personal life and should be kept to themselves and it is theirs to do what they want with it. Teens should be being monitored says Psychologists Lamar and Ronnie Tyler because no matter what privacy you are encroaching you're going to save your teens life from the “Girl” who will meet him at the store down the road. They say that sometimes crossing the line of privacy is necessary to keep your teens to your standards and keep them safe from the dangers of the internet. (Landers)Psychologist Emma Llanso says: while monitoring is a good thing for parents, it is hard for them to do it on their own with no help from software. That is why parents should enlist the help from online monitoring companies and downloadable software to filter what the kids see. This can be taken to the limit of a privacy encroachment from the company but that is the parents’ choice as whether or not to include help and decide on how they will do so. (Landers) This is hard because 94% of kids use the internet for school and work which means parents can't stop and completely control what their kid sees on the internet. This also hard because 71% of kids say they use it at school for research projects and major research projects which puts supervision into the hands ofthe administrators and teachers which means that parents can't be their 24/7 to control and monitor their kids. (Simon) This brings the next subject, the education of kids on and about the massive amount of privacy being sacrificed for the internet.

Kids are being educated and should be educated on the internet because it is a harmful place yet a helpful place. They should know how to use it for resources for school and fun and, how to avoid things like scammers, malware and pornography says the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Colorado PTA. (Wenzel) They should also be aware of themselves on the internet because “Futures of kids are at risk online because colleges and employers are usually looking at social profiles and make quick judgements on people” (Ronnie and Lamar Tyler). (Landers) They are being educated from the programs from the American Academy of Pediatrics and from their average school computer class. The American Academy of Pediatrics is a stats center and research center that create educational programs and spread them around. Schools have these classes because over 98% of all schools in America have full student and teacher access to the internet, some of it is unsupervised. 55% of parents say the education on the internet has had a good impact on their kids, 6% said it had a bad impact and 38% said it had no impact at all on their kid. (Simon) This is where some say monitoring has little effect, the education is only working 55% of the time and monitoring software is not a privacy encroachment, merely a tool to help them.

Many people disagree that monitoring and education is good because they feel that the education, while helpful is not very successful or able to touch on the certain important points on education about the internet and the monitoring, while, able to filter what kids have access to and see. This gives the companie almost full control and vision over what the kid looks up, cameras into his room and most of all, they have access to the full computer. According to psychologist Llanso the monitoring of kids on the internet and surveillance software “poses a risk because kids have free speech and privacy rights of their own”. (Landers) Eighteen percent of kids say they know somebody who has used the internet to cheat on something for school, which shows the monitoring is not working because the kid would have been caught, and also shows that the education is not working very well because the kids still used the internet for a bad purpose. (Simon)

I disagree with this argument because, they are using only a tiny bit of information and stats to make their argument and there are other statistics out there that suggest otherwise. Kids use the internet for school all the time which shows they are using their internet education. Kids are using their internet education to help themselves because they know how to use it as a great resource for school says psychologist Betsy Landers. (Landers) Thirty four percent of teens have downloaded an online study guide. Fifty five percent of adults say that the education of kids on the internet is essential in order for kids to be successful and another 40% believe it to be important. (Simon) This shows that kids are using their education, are being educated and adults think it is necessary. Internet monitoring is not a privacy encroachment or should be not considered due to the fact that it is thought of as a privacy encroachment says Psychologists Ronnie and Lamar Tyler. They think if parents have to choose privacy or safety, they would, and all parents should, choose safety every time. (Landers) Parents should not be afraid to look over their kids internet life, because it could be the difference between success or failure.

In conclusion I think kids are being monitored and should be monitored through the use of school supervisors, parents and software programs. Kids are being educated about the internet because of school education programs and classes and also parents family education. They sometimes don't need to be monitored because it is a privacy encroachment and they should be aware of themselves on the internet because of the good and bad things stored on the internet. Kids are being monitored and educated about the internet.

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Conclusion: Updated (3/4/2015)
In reflection, kids are being monitored and educated about the internet even if it means being exposed to poor privacy encroachments. I think the parts of my thesis that were key to the digital citizenship class were how kids are being educated and monitored. It is one of the bigger parts of my blog post and relates more to the digital citizenship class. I think that the comments on my blog changed my mind a little due to Crease’s comment. I used to think that it was, for the most part, that monitoring could be the solution; then Crease opened my eyes to the viewpoint that education on the internet could play a role, especially with educating kids with what to trust. I think the comments did help clarify my thinking about the issue by adding more viewpoints and perspectives to the key roles which allowed me to narrow my thinking on the subject.I did have to do a little further research to reply to comments effectively and persuasively. I think the blogging process was interesting and necessary to follow through with the comments others gave me because I have never done any blogging myself. It was great to actually be out there on the internet where people can hear my voice. It gave me a sense of empowerment that people are listening. I think that the overall blogging process was fun when we had to do the research on the topic and really understand it.What I learned from others is that in order to be a good digital citizen you have to express your feelings in a respectful way, be knowledgeable of your subject, and that the internet is so vast that it will be almost impossible for everything to be shielded from our eyes. I do think my original argument was thorough and deep enough for my readers to be engaged in my post to want to continue reading. Yes, there were a few other sources I discovered along the way due to my own personal interest in the topic, from looking at the links from commenters and from my own shared links.




 

27 comments:

  1. You have asked some great questions here, Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX! A recent article in the New York Times talks about the negative effects of technology for school children. The author says "With no adults to supervise them, many kids used their networked devices not for schoolwork, but to play games, troll social media and download entertainment." Do you think we use technology constructively most of the time at CWA? Do we need more monitoring at school? Would you mind being monitored more? Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this topic!--Ms. Riches

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    1. Hi Mrs. Riches, thank you for your comment on my blog post. I think that we do use technology constructively at CWA almost all of the time. We use the technology CWA gives us for things like Google Classroom, In class assignments that need research, research projects, writing essays in class, and being able to use the computer for help in school. The school computers are also mostly only used for things related to school work and not something other then school. However, their are times where all of us use the school computers and technology for things other then school work. We use it for games, social media and a lot of things that kids use the computer for in their free time. This type of computer use, I think, is not happening during class. I think the school does not need more monitoring because we have very trustworthy kids and we mainly only use the computers at school for school related things which do not need more monitoring because school related things aren't bad in any way, shape, or form. However I think if something bad were to happen with a student or students across the board misusing the CWA technology or abusing it and sending cyber attacks or something that caused harm to the system or something then more monitoring should be put in place to prevent something like that from happening again. I would not mind if I was monitored more at school because I have nothing to hide and everything that would be monitored by the school would only have to do with school, because im not looking at anything personal on the school internet so I have nothing to hide. I also think that being monitored at my house by my parents is ok by me because if I was to look up something personal or something containing my personal information, they would most likely already know anything I would be searching. I also have nothing to hide from my parents. However, if it were to be third party sites I would mind it very much because they would have access to everything I look up including personal information like health, banking, financial status and family. I do not want to have a third party site knowing everything I do because it is an invasion of my privacy and I do have things to hide from them. In accordance to the link you gave me, I think that the computer use and grades going up or down really depends on how the student uses the technology that he is given, because he might just go onto chat rooms and games like the doctor said instead of doing homework. It was a good way to view a different perspective on technology in the classroom. I though you might want to take a look at this link: here

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  2. Hello, Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX. You did a really great job in explaining that kids should be monitored on the internet. A passage of social networking shows the good and bad effect to kids. It is said that social social networking can make kids more narcissistic. As for the huge negative effects, I firmly believe that kids should be monitored by their parents.
    Link: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/08/social-kids.aspx

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    1. Hi Destfare, thank you for your comment on my post. I agree with you on your thoughts that social networking can make kids more narcissistic because they are constantly posting selfies and posting about THEMSELVES. That causes them to be constantly looking at themselves and seeing me me me which is the cause for narcissism. I also think that on the flipside social networking can make kids sad and depressed and maybe suicidal due to hate from other people and cyber bullying and also when other people look way better then the person in the photo due to editing apps. You might want to take a look at this link: here

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  3. Great post, Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, thank you. Just in case any parents are reading this, and are looking for resources, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) has a whole section on "Good Digital Parenting" that people should definitely check out. Schools should be doing all they can to educate kids, but parents at home need support as well!

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  4. Hi Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, I think that you picked a very controversial topic and did a very nice job on using data and your opinion to make your argument. I also really liked that you pointed out the fact that the researchers had only used a little sample to take data from when you made your argument against the opposing side's view. You mentioned that classes need to be taken on how to be careful on the internet to make it a safe and educational place, so do you think the Digital Citizenship class does a good job at making the community aware of what is going on that we don't see? I agree with you on the fact that we are being educated on this, and I personally think that it gives us a better working environment when one can be monitored and stopped from essentially doing bad things. Overall, I think that you tackled this issue very well. Sincerely, km

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    1. Hi km, thank you for your well written comment. I think that Our digital citizenship class does do a very good job at making the community aware of what is going on that we don't see. I think the class does a good job at seeing through bias and the media's perspective on things and events. For example we have received several worksheets on seeing through bias like the misrepresentation sheet and the green diamonds sheet. I thought you might find this link interesting: here

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  5. Good post, Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX! For someone like me, who has not had to deal directly with this issue, I found it very informative and thought provoking. I agree that many kids use the internet to help them in a positive way with their studies but that there are a lot of real negative influences out there that they need to be shielded from. I'm all for education and good software and parents keeping a watchful eye. I think you did a good job presenting the different sides of this argument. Lee

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    1. Hi Lee, thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post. I agree with you in that many kids use it in a positive way, but I also think that many kids constantly abuse it to for bullying and all sorts of things.

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  6. Great article! I'm not 100% convinced that monitoring is the only solution though. Of course monitoring the kids is important and should be done. Like you said, hatred, pornography....are all over the internet and this is not an appropriate content for everybody. I think education is very important too. Not only for the users but for the providers or the content. This generation is using and trusting what's on the internet too easily. Content providers have learned throughout the years to get better visibility on search engines to sell their products or their content and I think users are trusting what they can find on the internet way too easily. Who decides what's relevant, what's accurate anymore? Can we really trust that Wikipedia is the same as a regular printed encyclopedia? I'm not too sure. On the other hand, there's the privacy issue. All these sites, especially the most popular ones like Facebook and other social networks are using everybody's private information to sell content. The new generation that was born with all this new technology is not prepared and not enough educated. I think the biggest "danger" is not really the content itself that can be found on the internet but the way very popular websites are using people's personal information. There's no privacy anymore and you will never be able to delete these fun pictures you posted, or who you were friend with....or worse. So yes education is definitely the key. I personally think that control and monitoring is not that important as kids make mistakes and I think it's important that they make mistakes sometimes and learn from them but if they understand the impact of those mistakes in the first place, may be it will change their future because whatever you do on the internet is here for ever and they should be aware of that. Anyway, this is a great article that opens discussion and that's all it matters:)

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    1. Hi Crease, thank you for your comment on my blog post. Its cool to see somebody I know outside of school comment on something I did inside of school. I agree with you that monitoring is not the only solution because, like you said, kids make mistakes and we cant expect them to be perfect. I think that as of now nobody really decides whats relevant or whats accurate anymore and kids and adults have to learn for themselves how to sift through and detect accurate information versus inaccurate information. I think that we cannot fully trust wikipedia to the extent that we would a normal encyclopedia but we can trust wikipedia more then some other sites that are out there. I think that people should go to wikipedia and then go to the sources where the writers got their information on the subject. I agree with you in that the biggest danger is the privacy encroachment and personal information that is being easily accessed by third party sites and really any company that needs it. I also think that it sometimes can help us with personal preferences so the internet is more convenient and easier to use. I think you might find this link interesting: here

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  7. Hey Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX - Your topic is current and very relevant to today's youth. The blog was definitely very interesting and enticed me to read on. You did a great job describing the topic and backed the descriptions up with facts and statistics. You said that kids should be, and are being monitored, but some of the monitoring creates privacy encroachment. Is there a magic age that determines when a kid should stop being monitored? Do you think that kids who have open and honest relationships with their parents should be monitored less? Overall, you impressed me with the fantastic quality of this blog! Way to go, Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy, thank you for sharing your viewpoint and reading my blog post. I think that there is a magic age when kids should stop being monitored by their parents. I think that age should be when their 18 because then they are an adult and should have access to everything that they want to see because it is now their choice, not the parents. I think that no matter what the relationship status is with their parents, honest or dishonest, that all kids should be monitored because all kids make mistakes and parents have to be there to correct those mistakes.

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  8. Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, this certainly is a relevant topic to be considered. Parents have to do all they can to protect their children from the dark side of the internet, because children aren't sometimes mature enough to know the ramifications of what they are getting involved in. The internet provides a wealth of information for facts and education. The world is literally out there to discover. BUT, the world is also out there that is unsavory and ugly. I enjoyed your content. Darlene

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    1. Hi Darlene, thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post. I agree that parents have to try as hard as they can to protect their kids online. I also agree that everything is on the internet but once again everything includes the bad stuff not just the good stuff.

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  9. What an interesting article Mistubishi Eclipse ! You certainly tackled a tough topic- this touched home for me since I once worked for a software internet filtering start up. At the time, we could not block a lot of content- it was just too difficult. And through this job, not through the internet, I found out about how horrible some of the content on the internet is. Do you think that possibly, if this were even technologically possible, that we all should all be blocked from the dark information appearing on the internet ? Would blocking the "bad stuff" interfere with our freedom of speech or would it possibly help to cure some of society's problems ? AMB

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    1. Hi AMB, Thank you for sharing your viewpoint and commenting. I think that people who want to be blocked from the dark information of the internet should have an option (if it was possible) to block everything that they don't want to see. I think that blocking all the bad stuff from everybody would interfere with our freedom of speech because some crazy people out there may want to have access to things that the general public certainly does not.

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  10. You offered pros and cons for both sides of the argument, balancing your article's content. Your documented sources show that you researched the topic, and you provide your reader with additional links for further research. But what impresses me most is the length of your article! (It's not just quantity--there's quality as well.) I remember you as a 5th grader who could only write one typed page by using a huge font size. You've come a long way since then and I'm so proud of your hard work.
    Mrs. Reed

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    1. Hi Mrs. Reed, thank you for your comment on my blog post. It's nice to hear from an teacher that's from the past and not just 9th grade. I haven't seen you in a while. Its funny to look back and see that as a 5th grader I could only write one page and compare it to know where I can do that much quicker. Its nice to have somebody tell me that I have come along way. Once again, thank you for you comment, it's nice to hear from somebody I know.

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  11. Parenting is the most challenging job in the world. Digital citizenship is a comparatively new challenge for many parents who have had to learn the dangers right along side their kids. As criminals become more aggressive and competent at exploiting areas of the internet that its inventors never could have imagined, the safety of our children becomes more difficult. The combination of modern filtering software, teaching our children the dangers they will face and of utmost importance, participating in their education can protect our kids the majority of the time. Parents need to be prepared for the minority cases where unsavory content slips through.

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    1. Hi anonymous, thank you for reading my blog post and commenting. I think that we are doing a good job at protecting our kids from the dangers of the internet to. I think parents also try as hard as they can to prevent things like minority cases from happening to.

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  12. First and foremost-great article. Your topic is thought provoking and allows one to think about privacy vs. safety. Education always has and always should begin at home. Is it not the job of parents and educators alike to keep their kids safe? Let's pretend the internet doesn't exist. Do your parent have the right to read your journal? What if you are sharing the journal with all your "friends" like you do currently on Facebook? We live in a world where there are evil people that will hurt children. The internet has given criminals that prey on children another way to reach them. Children should be monitored- at home and at school. Safety trumps privacy when the lives of our youth are at risk. Christy

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    1. Hi Aunt Christy, thank you for reading my article and commenting. I think it is the job of the parents and educators to keep the kids safe but the parents should be setting limits and boundaries and guidelines whereas the educator should be monitoring and giving classroom guidelines and watching them all the time. Yes they do have the right to read the journal because its their kid and the kid most likely wont write anything bad in the journal if he knows his parents will look at it. If your sharing things on facebook, I think that anything you write or post should be freindly and not harmful because parents could very easily check what their kids doing on facebook. I think that there should be better internet safety and blockings to stop criminals from preying on kids or personal information.

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  13. I think you did an excellent job addressing both sides to this argument. I teach 5th grade and am always nervous for how much homework on the internet I allow. Many of my students go home after school to no parent at home, and that makes me nervous. Even though my 5th graders have been through internet safety training I still think they need the supervision. Maybe there is a certain age where there needs to be less monitoring but then there could be the concern for younger children at home seeing the same material. I think it all comes down to the conversations and relationship parents have with the children. Excellent job! You got all of us thinking!

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    1. Hi anonymous, thank you for sharing your viewpoint. I agree that it is a little scary to have a kid go home to no parent at home and with that, no monitoring. I agree that there is an age for less monitoring because the kid is probably more educated in the internet and more trustworthy.

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  14. Hello Mitsubishi! I think that you have made some great points about the negative sides and sights of the internet. It is good to let people know what their children might be exposed to on the internet and how harmful it can be, you indeed have created some wonderful points on that. However, do you believe it is right for kids to be monitored so much ? Because this will invade their privacy. Do you think that parental blocking websites could be all that is needed ? http://www.glencoeschools.org/images/district/appadvice_palzet.pdf
    This link shows a number of apps that is assumed to be bad for children on the mobile. In conclusion I think it great that you have decided to tackle such a controversial topic that has 2 very strong sides and as a person that uses the internet a lot I believe that some certain sights should be blocked and regulated by the more "experience" ex/Parents.

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    1. Hi Roti Prata Everyday, (Go Juventus) (They win) (Go Ricer) (Nissan 300zx). Thank you for your comment on my blog post. I personally think that kids should be monitored, but only to a point where the kids privacy is not extremely encroached. I think they should not be monitored to the point where somebody is watching the kid at all times because the kid may not like the idea of having somebody watching at all times and it also puts pressure on the kid to be doing only work and "safe" things. I do not think that just parental blocking sites is all that is needed because their are tons of ways around them and they also don't catch every single site or way into the site that could be bad. I think that parental blocking is a way to get most of the sites blocked but not all of them. I think that they are good but not enough for the child's safety. I think that the site you gave me is a very interesting site, but it only shows the bad side of what they consider "bad" apps (I have 2/3ds of the bad apps on my phone). I think that with the bad "inappropriate" side of the app their is also a good side to each of those apps. I think the school should take a deeper look into the "bad" apps themselves. I think you might want to look at this link: here

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