Thanks to modern technology, parents can track their kids’ every keystroke and action online. But is it a good idea?
On one hand, it’s your job as a parent to make sure your kids are safe and aren’t getting into trouble. On the other, spying on or stalking your kids could be seen as an invasion of their privacy — one that could erode the trust between you.
Matthew Ingram confesses on GigaOM that he’s used surveillance tools to monitor his teen daughters’ online behaviour. He likens his snooping rationale to NSA’s surveillance program and in the end concludes:
Obviously, my daughters’ emotional turmoil and fondness for certain bands isn’t even remotely comparable to the dangers of terrorism, but the parallels with what the NSA does (and what American citizens allow it to do in their name) still seem pretty strong to me. I believed that what I was doing was justified because I wanted to protect my daughters from themselves — but in the end, I decided that the loss of trust was actually much worse than anything I was theoretically saving them from.
What do you think? Is it OK to snoop on your kids?