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FROM THE DESK OF Ty Wilson It is hard to believe I have lived through another full decade. Happy New Year and welcome the year of clarity 2020. A new year a new beginning. What are you going to do this year to accomplish your dreams? As my children grow up, I realize I will be looked at as, well, there is no easy way to put it but “old.” This has given me a new perspective on their outlooks, and I attempt to provide them less advice and instead become more inquisitive. I ask them how they see challenges and let them express themselves. I have to say, I am proud of them both. Struggle is what makes you better, stronger, and more self-reliant. That is the lesson. I believe as parents we can and should teach our children self-reliance. Do not give them everything; make them earn what they have. It may seem harsh, but I do not believe it is. I think it is important. I want my children to look back and say to their children and their children’s children that they have to work hard and earn their spot. No one will give them their dreams.
SHOULD YOU USE TECHNOLOGY TO TRACK YOUR KIDS? PROTECTION VS. PRIVACY
Back in 2017, an episode of the Netflix show “Black Mirror” put the issue of teen privacy on display for everyone to see. The episode is set in the not-so-distant future and follows a mother, Marie, and her daughter, Sara, as they navigate the daily drama of family life (with a twist). After 3-year-old Sara gets lost on a playground, Marie opts to install a microchip called Arkangel in her daughter’s brain. The chip lets Marie track Sara’s movements, look at the world through her eyes, and even censor the images she sees — all from a tablet. It’s an eerie storyline, and the invasive software soon interferes with Sara’s development to the point where Marie switches it off. That is, until teenage Sara starts rebelling against her mother’s rules. Then, Marie caves to the temptation to switch it back on again … and sees things she wishes she hadn’t. Arkangel isn’t real, but the idea behind it certainly is. A smartphone app called Life360 has gained traction with parents as a way to track the whereabouts of their kids in real time, get alerts when they’re coming and going from particular locations, see how fast they’re driving, and check the battery life of their phones. Motion-sensing cameras and facial recognition software in schools have also cut into teen privacy, and, in an age when every minor life event is chronicled on social media, parents have begun accessing those accounts to monitor their children’s behavior.
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