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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.
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.