Sunday, February 22, 2015

To spy on their children, American parents draw on … – Liberation

American parents may not have the resources of the National Security Agency (NSA) but when it comes to monitoring their children, they find it quite easy to track them through the mobile phone.
Now there is a flourishing providing monitoring gadgets for stressed parents who want to keep an eye on their children, whether they are speeding in Mom’s car or sending SMS to a time when they should be sleeping.
There are magnetic keys, watches or bracelets with geolocation capabilities. Ankle bracelets to track baby’s moods. Or even capable connected beds snitch if the teen does not go off in time its light at night. Good news for parents, most of these devices-especially those to monitor the most âgés- children are an integral part of mobile phones that teenagers are addicted.
“Parents want to keep control of the situation; it’s a way for them to feel good, “says Sameer Hinduja criminology professor, co-director of the American Center for Research on cyber bullying.
In his little girl of 6 years, Frank Lee, Marketing Manager at LG, offered a pink plastic strap to be able to geotag at any time.
This little gem embellished with pink stars possible in particular to make calls to stored numbers or whether the child is right there where it should be.
“At first, she called us constantly,” he recalls. “I told her to call me when she no longer wants to wear it, but she will not even take it off for me to recharge.”
For the worried parents or have trouble communicating with their teens, there are more subtle ways: the applications installed without the knowledge of users on tablets and phones allow for example to access photos taken to typed messages to historical research on the Internet and much more, according to Sameer Hinduja.
In some cases, parents can delineate areas to receive email alerts whenever their children come out.
“We even heard of parents who place chips on them,” lamented Robert Lowery of the US National Center for Missing and abused children (NCME). “This kind of behavior is shocking. We do not advocate that. ”
This former police officer prefers promote solutions using social media-especially with Facebook- send targeted alerts in case of disappearance, which offer a considerable gain in time to locate children.
But according to Professor Hinduja, some cookies are counterproductive ways for parents looking to rebuild bridges of communication with their children.
“If parents spy on their children, it cuts any possibility of communication, they have surely been slow to build,” he has said.
It thus recommends the latest possible use of these tools, and only if the child has shown that he was not trustworthy.
“That is to hack into the lives of your children. People should not believe that there is a gadget to help them rebuild trust with their children, or that there is a software to make them better parents because there was no ” , insisted that specialist.
Instead of using these new technologies, which often start with good intentions, Robert Lowery of NCME suggests that parents teach their children the right way and teach them how to deal with dangerous situations.
“As hit or scream if someone tries to remove them,” says Lowery. “New technologies, they do not prevent it, they will tell you exactly where the child is taken.”


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