Big brother is watching, but we are opening the drapes

I was done posting for the day but have spent my daily five minutes perusing Edbloggernews and came across this article: Pentagon sets its sights on Social Networking sites.

As the Pentagon funds harvesting information from social networking sites, we have more important work to do than ever. Our children are oblivious! We are planning a parent and teacher meeting about myspace and the information students post online and this will be an article that I share.

We have GOT to educate NOT insulate our students on this important issue. Students often post things tongue in cheek that they don't mean. Now, a joke with a friend may turn into an inquisition. This makes me nervous as profiles of how each of us think could possibly be built off of our online material. I am not ashamed of how I think, but who determines whether what I think is “acceptable” and how will it be used.

Big brother is watching, but we are opening the drapes. (Who is going to teach children about this if we make blogging as unmentionable as religion in public schools?)

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2 thoughts on “Big brother is watching, but we are opening the drapes

  1. Good grief! This is totally out of line. I thought that sort of thing belonged to an entirely different type of government. Having seen it up close in South Africa’s scandalous past, I can state with confidence that it is to be avoided if at all possible. What happened to freedom of speech/expression?

  2. Regarding your parent/teacher meeting: I would love links to any materials or resources you plan to use. As an instructional technology specialist, I find that parents have been thoroughly scared from the recent news stories. Your proactive approach is a great model, and I would appreciate any help as I endeavor to create a similar program.

    Also, thanks for the valuable and relevant information from CoolCatTeacher. Your blog is one of my “first reads” whenever I log in to my bloglines!

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