Parental Control on Personal Computers
Implications of IT
November 18, 2012
By: Jessica Simpson
Parental control on personal computers has come up to be valuable, but yet controlling. Adults seem to have a different opinion than teenagers. The internet and social networking sites can be fun for teens, but also very dangerous. Sometimes children do not think about what they are doing or looking up on the internet. So, should parents be able to look at their children’s computers without their consent? Privacy is a big issue but teenagers seem to not think so, until their parents want to know what is going on in their life; then teenagers want privacy and trust from their parents. Today, there are applications (apps) and software programs that parents can download to watch every move that their child is making on the computer. Found in my researching most children do not even know their parents are watching and this makes the parents feel guilty for not trusting their children. Some children do know and this causes household problems. Other children gladly let their parents in their life because they feel safer and have nothing to hide. The question becomes, is surveillance the best way to protect children, or should parents trust them to share if they are scared by something online? Should children have the freedom from surveillance? I have interviewed parents and teenagers to see others opinions on this subject and researched information on software, social media, and privacy issues. This paper discusses the pros and cons of parental monitoring with the use of apps, privacy issues, safety tools, and parental control software programs and the. The extension of cellphones and tablets has complicated things, raising applications that attract the young and worry parents (Somini Sengupta, 2012). In one house, there used to be one computer desktop that the household had to share, but now most all children in a household either has their own laptop, tablet, or a cell phone. This makes it more difficult for parents to monitor what their child is doing, especially when the child can put a lock code on these items. There are even apps for cell phones and tablets that can be downloaded to track children’s physical places. Computer software programs can be installed to protect children from certain internet sites and to watch what children are saying. New tools can track what children are doing online, where they go and who they meet. Some teenagers may know that their parents are using these apps to monitor them, but if parents do not want their children to know, it could be very hard to install these programs without the children noticing. Symantec and Trend Micro have computer software that detects when a child creates a new social network account or tries to visit a blocked website. Even toddlers can have security thrust upon them. Apple’s mobile operating system will soon offer an app mode that a parent can lock a toddler into one activity on an iPad. It seems crazy that these software programs and tools can do so much, but it should not be too shocking with how our technology is developing. This market for family safety tools is growing every day. Everyone knows about Facebook, which is the largest social networking site. The minimum age for users is 13, but many parents help their children join, and younger children still make an account by simply changing their date of birth. In my opinion, children under the age of 15 should not have a Facebook and members on Facebook should not be allowed to talk about drugs or use foul language. Members are only hurting themselves by doing so, but it really bothers me seeing 13 year olds that talk about getting high and going to parties. At first Facebook was fun; easy to get a hold of friends and share pictures of each other. Now, statuses that are posted are usually about drama; hating someone, bullying someone, drinking alcohol, and wanting to get pregnant. I honestly think...
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