As parents, we all have high hopes for our kids. We have the luxury of believing that they can be anything they want to be, provided that they put in the necessary effort.
As technology evolves, the definition of “necessary effort” is morphing into something that we could never have imagined a few short years ago. Part of the process for selecting Hillary Clinton’s Vice President choice is a stark example of such a shift. According to an article at Politico, which we’ll assume, is factual:
“How tough was the vetting [of VP candidates]? Finalists had to turn over every password for every social media account for every member of their families.”
That specific thing – someone demanding your social media login credentials – is already illegal in a lot of jurisdictions, and should be. It is very unlikely that your kids will be forced to give up the keys to their Snapchat accounts any time soon unless the police and courts are involved.
That being said, however, this is an example of how something that can be private could come under increased scrutiny. Actually, it looks like that is exactly the direction in which we’re heading.
Our privacy is being eroded. Your kids’ privacy will be a different animal entirely.
Video cameras are everywhere. Facial recognition databases are compiling millions of photos. Emails are being hacked with alarming frequency. More and more information, personal and otherwise, is being posted online. “Friends” can share your private social media posts and open up your secrets for the world to see. What is private today may not always be.
We understand that you’ll probably never be considered for the VP slot and your kids won’t either. Your kids will, however, be considered for something in the future, in a climate where the privacy that you have come to trust may well be a relic of the past.
The solution here – and the only solution – is to teach your kids to never do anything, or put anything online, that could be interpreted harshly by someone else.
That sounds like a tall order. So is being the Vice President.
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