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I am very interested in following the Arkansas case of a 16-year-old boy who filed a complaint with the police resulting in a misdemeanor charge of harassment against his mother for making changes on his Facebook account and then changing his password so he could no longer access it. A similar issue has come up a few times in other contexts around here. A friend of mine has a daughter who goes on to his Facebook account and writes flattering comments about herself as though her Dad had posted them. It is very cute – and very obvious. Another friend got angry with her son who had gone on to her Facebook account and deleted all of the pictures she had posted of him because he didn’t like the pictures. His Mom reposted them and changed her password. I felt uncomfortable with this. Should children have the right to prevent photographs of them from being accessible on the internet? In the original case, I should mention that the Arkansas mother does not have custody of her son and removed content from his account because she didn’t like it. The fact that she essentially locked him out of the account by changing his password indicates that she is not very adept at communication. Rather than speaking with him about the appropriateness of the posts, she simply deleted them. Would you go into your teenager’s Facebook account and modify it? Would you change the password to keep him out? Under what circumstances? If you are a teen, would you go into your parent’s Facebook account and make changes or delete photos or references to you that you did not like? From a legal perspective there is something called criminal impersonation (which requirements vary from state to state), but essentially impersonating someone can be a crime under certain circumstances. If someone were to go onto your Facebook account and make changes, how would you respond?

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