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Right Way to Track Your Teen: Ethically

We cannot go back in time, even though many of us might be tempted. We live in a digital age, we live in a complicated age, and we are ridiculously interconnected.  All that might be good, but should this digital age afford parents the right to track your teen?

track-your-teenOur children are growing up too fast, we are too stressed and no one seems to know what to do with all of the rules of child rearing and parenting. Adding to all of the madness is that close to 75% of teenagers are walking around with personal smartphones.  Are they a curse or provide great value?

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, teen ethics, Teens and Family, Youth and tagged , , , ,

Ethics in Education: Who Teaches Our Educators a Sense of Ethics?

Last week, we discussed a case where principals took huge bribes, and in the past we have talked about improper behavior among teachers. This week, I must turn my attention to para-professionals.  This case is an issue of ethics in education.

The case in question involves a video taken of a mental health para-professional in Brooklyn, New York who punched an 11 Ethics in Educationyear-old autistic boy in the school cafeteria in the summer of 2014. The boy allegedly made a racial remark.

I need to stop at this point and say that no one is as adamantly opposed to racism in any form as am I. It is abhorrent to me. However, in this particular case, I am not so certain what we are looking at is racism so much as a lack of training for a very difficult job and a lack of compassion for what these people go through on a daily basis.

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The Ethical Fine Line of Phone Apps for Children

My intention in writing this blog is not to turn parents into dictators, but to be aware of a new generation of smartphone technology that is quite troubling. There is a larger ethical question in play in regard to the question as to whether the development of phone apps should be more highly scrutinized, especially as they pertain to children.  There is an ethical fine line Child with Smartphonewhen it comes to phone apps for children.  Children aren’t mature enough to fully understand the challenge associated with these apps and parents need to be engaged.

Christine Elgersma writing for Common Sense Media (October 27, 2015) alerted me to a whole world of phone apps I knew nothing about. The article, entitled: “Sneaky Camera Apps Parents Should Know About,” talked about a new generation of apps such as: Private Ninja Cam, Top Secret Camera and Best Secret Folder.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, Youth and tagged , , , , ,