Kids, blogs and too much information – Consumer Security – MSNBC.com: “‘And their pictures are very provocative,’ Marcy said. ‘There’s shots with their butt in the air, with their thongs sticking out of it. They squeeze their elbows together to make their boobs look bigger.'”
I can pull the ha-ha from even the most straightlaced article. Context, people. CONTEXT.
So this is really not about identity theft (my name is John Smith, SSN 999-13-4582, DOB 6.13.64, if you’re bored and need a new life), but safety. And parents, of course, SUCK:
Handy said parents who discover blogs should try not to overreact and immediately shut off Internet access or community sites; there is a safe way to blog, she said.
“That is the first reaction parents have, to cut them off” she said. “But the kids know that, and they don’t want to lose the Internet, so they don’t tell their parents what they are doing. And you don’t want that. You want the lines of communication open.”
She said parents need to be much more involved with their kids’ computer use than they are. Many just turn on the Internet access and walk away.
“If they are going to have a computer in the house, they need to be trained,” she said. “You don’t give a kid a car without proper training. This is just hazardous.”
And yet, many parents DO give a kid a car without proper training. They also give them guns, money, and access to the liquor cabinet. Whee!
Once again, I’ll walk out on the fascist ledge and say that parenting is a responsiblity, not a priviledge. It’s a job rather than a hobby. Yes, I’m sure that there are plenty of rewards you can get from having your little human block of clay to mold and shape in your image, passing on your interests and genes and narrow-minded prejudices and religious intolerance. But you know, you can’t just put the kid on a shelf and wait for it to grow. You have to take an active role in the upbringing, and do everything you can to teach them what’s right and wrong and what’s life. Because otherwise, you end up with Columbines and Memphis Threes and Paris Hiltons.
I think there should be a license for parents, and if you have a kid without a license, it gets taken away from you and put into the impound until you produce proof of license.
Hey, it would at least keep population growth under control. And think about how much more fun police auctions would be!