The Internet, children, and privacy: The case against parental monitoring

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Abstract

It has been recommended that parents should monitor their children's Internet use, including what sites their children visit, what messages they receive, and what they post. In this paper, I claim that parents ought not to follow this advice, because to do so would violate children's right to privacy over their on-line information exchanges. In defense of this claim, I argue that children have a right to privacy from their parents, because such a right respects their current capacities and fosters their future capacities for autonomy and relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-274
Number of pages12
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • Children's rights
  • Internet
  • Parental monitoring
  • Privacy
  • Risks on-line
  • The Internet and children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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