Video: Are We Training Kids To Believe That Total Surveillance Is Normal?

Via TED Talks, Cory Doctorow discusses how parents’ and schools’ constant and total monitoring of kids’ internet usage and conversations trains young people to accept a complete lack of privacy, and total disclosure of their lives, as normal and good. Are today’s parents raising their children in a manner that plays into the hands of Big Brother?

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  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

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  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

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  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

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  • Rex Vestri

    “Skinner box”

    That sounds like something Ted Bundy would do.    LOL

  • Rex Vestri

    “Skinner box”

    That sounds like something Ted Bundy would do.    LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/alecsputnik Alec Miller

    excellent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alecsputnik Alec Miller

    excellent.

  • Marklar_Prime

    Not just surveillance but total abject subservience to authority,.. i.e., slavery.

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    Not just surveillance but total abject subservience to authority,.. i.e., slavery.

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    Not just surveillance but total abject subservience to authority,.. i.e., slavery.

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    Not just surveillance but total abject subservience to authority,.. i.e., slavery.

  • SF2K01

    If you grow up with it, it’ll seem normal to you even if it’s a lack of basic human rights.

  • Anonymous

    If you grow up with it, it’ll seem normal to you even if it’s a lack of basic human rights.

  • Farthead

    We ask these questions far too late.

    Consider when 1984 was written.

  • Farthead

    We ask these questions far too late.

    Consider when 1984 was written.

  • Aeiluindae

    I consider myself very lucky that my parents did not block anything on our internet service. We only had one computer for quite some time and I was a pretty good kid in a lot of ways. My parents realized that the best way to keep me from doing dangerous things online was to be reasonably open and honest about what was out there and why you should be careful. Sometimes they went too far (prohibiting me from playing RTS games with other people online, for example, because they didn’t have a good understanding of the situation. In fact, my mother still views that negatively and I’m in university now.) However, they always trusted me to follow what they said without having to spy on me, and as a result I had a fairly minimal online presence until I was old enough to make good decisions about my own privacy and I’ve always taken security and privacy very seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I consider myself very lucky that my parents did not block anything on our internet service. We only had one computer for quite some time and I was a pretty good kid in a lot of ways. My parents realized that the best way to keep me from doing dangerous things online was to be reasonably open and honest about what was out there and why you should be careful. Sometimes they went too far (prohibiting me from playing RTS games with other people online, for example, because they didn’t have a good understanding of the situation. In fact, my mother still views that negatively and I’m in university now.) However, they always trusted me to follow what they said without having to spy on me, and as a result I had a fairly minimal online presence until I was old enough to make good decisions about my own privacy and I’ve always taken security and privacy very seriously.

  • Guest

    Teach your children now, always question authority, always challenge orthodoxy and always try to use a little profanity in every damned sentence.

  • Anonymous

    Teach your children now, always question authority, always challenge orthodoxy and always try to use a little profanity in every damned sentence.

  • Patrick

    This is so true… I’m in high school, and everything we as students do is or being recorded, or being checked if it’s  not against the school rules. Now it isn’t that bad, but students are still finding ways to protect themselves from being caught doing something, i.e. texting in class, but now the teachers have found out, so they pay attention more. It’s a cycle. One that needs to be broken. Let’s be fair with one another about what we’re doing, and all might just be better than it is now.

  • Patrick

    This is so true… I’m in high school, and everything we as students do is or being recorded, or being checked if it’s  not against the school rules. Now it isn’t that bad, but students are still finding ways to protect themselves from being caught doing something, i.e. texting in class, but now the teachers have found out, so they pay attention more. It’s a cycle. One that needs to be broken. Let’s be fair with one another about what we’re doing, and all might just be better than it is now.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    It will just make everyone better liars…

  • Anonymous

    It will just make everyone better liars…