September, 17th 2007
I believe that parents shouldn’t be able to read and or control what their child writes online. I think the child has a right to get their emotions out publically. It allows others to connect with them and help them through a tough time in their life. Talking about their problems allows the child to vent and feel better. If a child knew that their parents would read what they are writing they would worry more about what they are saying and aren’t saying. A child has the right to speak his or her own thoughts without violation of privacy. While Emily Nussbaum was interviewing, J. He stated the following:
He called it “Better than therapy, a way to get out his true feelings- all the emotions he thought might get him in trouble if he expressed them in school or at home.” (Kline and Burstein 352)
Even from the child’s point of view he is very happy with the fact that he can let lose of his worries and just write. This supports my views that parents shouldn’t be allowed to monitor their child online. Online gives the child one place to place their true emotions about anyone or anything. It is a gift to be able to have the right to share one’s story.