Microsoft SmartGlass is "a Great Way to Spy on Your Kids"

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J Tyran:

ThePS1Fan:

lacktheknack:
Cool, I also hope that parents take advantage of this.

And before people say "But you should trust your kids!": If kids were even remotely trustworthy, then using the SmartGlass wouldn't be worth taking advantage.

That's up to the parent, not you. Stop trying to impose your will on someone else's kids.

And if a parent has no issues with their kids swearing online/seeing boobs, then they won't have issues with seeing it on SmartGlass.

OK, that makes sense, but just gonna throw this out there. Just because the parents don't care about that stuff doesn't mean the kid would be comfortable with their parents seeing it. Everyone should be able to enjoy things privately if they choose so. Monitoring things like credit cards I 100 percent understand but with something like this I feel there needs to be a discussion about boundaries.

I monitor my kids use of his laptop, I do not pry or overly invade his privacy. You can search for keywords, certain sites and other stuff without actually going through his chat or his web history item by item. At the end of the day he is a kid and vulnerable and like any kid might not understand what he is getting into.

If he browses porn fine, I do not even go to the site unless the searches he used or the sites themselves are unusual (as in decapitated animal head sex unusual). What I want to know is if someone could be grooming him, or if for some reason he started hanging around a neo nazi website or anything else worrying.

When he is 16 and buying his own computers he can do what he likes, until then I want to know if he is safe and not going down any dark paths.

It is not that hard to not intrude if you use common sense and respect. Some good talks also go a long way. Parenting is about controlling a little bit and it also doesn't hurt to show your kid that you care.

so do they get a sound feed too? it might be awesome to have a parent check up on their kid right in the middle of a long string of expletives and racial slurs

Kheapathic:

I'm assuming we have different ideas of what bad parenting is, as I fail to see how a device that only monitors the 360 will cause more harm for a child. It anything it empowers the parent to help regulate how the console is used, even while they're away. Stopping a child from playing the 360 isn't bad parenting, it's parenting.

Very likely we have different ideas. monitoring in and of itself is not inherently bad. it is a tool that allows bad to happen. It empowers parents to regulate how console is used. regulating it in certain ways can be bad parenting and bad parents (majority of humans out there) WILL abuse this. People should stop pretending that two unqualified adults know better than a whole group of qualified specialists. you don't cure cancer with rotten tree chunks, and those that do, do not end up well, just like you don't just go control freak on your kids and those that do end up badly. The whole fact that you would need to spy on a child is already a sign of bad parenting. a good parent would not need to spy.

thesilentman:

I also have to point out that bad parenting is all subjective, as many people have been brought up many, many different ways, and the vast majority of us is fine. Bad parenting in your eye's may or may not be parenting in someone else's eyes.

No, it is not subjective. Bad parenting (for example hitting your kid) is bad which ever way you look it. Now the meaning of bad is subjective, but bad parenting is bad. And you are very naive if you think that "majority of us is fine". in fact statistically 1/3 people have mental problems due to their childhood, and even more are not there.

So, what? Jobs that let you waste time on Facebook will now let you waste time trying to manage your family's lives to a micro scale? That's ridiculous. Even in a job I had where we were allowed to go to YouTube, I avoided things like Facebook and other sites unless we had down time and nothing else to do. Work is, unfortunately, supposed to be about being productive, not tabbing over to check what your kids are doing every twenty minutes.

"The days of a youngster flipping on the game console as soon as the parental units depart for work could very well be coming to an end. The horror!"

Only for the youngsters too dumb to know where the ethernet cable is.

Speaking as a parent, I love it. I already use my friends list to see what our 8 year old is playing when I am away from home. So to actually be able to control the Xbox if he were to be doing something inappropriate would be amazing.

Narcogen:
"The days of a youngster flipping on the game console as soon as the parental units depart for work could very well be coming to an end. The horror!"

Only for the youngsters too dumb to know where the ethernet cable is.

Well if the pull he Ethernet cable, you know they aren't watching Netflix then nor playing online games. And you know they are trying to hide something. Therefore grounded.

Ralen-Sharr:
so do they get a sound feed too? it might be awesome to have a parent check up on their kid right in the middle of a long string of expletives and racial slurs

More than worth the admission price, I say. It would be quite comforting (satisfying even) to know that, when some snotty kid hurls vulgarities in my (or anybody elses) direction, his folks are watching, ready to give him a good roasting when they get home.

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