The Internet, Children, and Privacy: The Case Against Parental Monitoring
22 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 21, 2012
It has been recommended that parents monitor their children’s Internet use, including what sites they visit, what messages they receive, and what they post. In this paper, I argue that parents ought not follow this advice, because to do so would violate a child’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 it respects their current capacities and fosters their future capacities for autonomy and relationships.
Keywords: information ethics, children's rights, right to privacy, Internet, paternalism
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