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California's Social Networking Privacy Act SB242 Details

California's Social Networking Privacy Act — Way to Go or Going Too Far?

There's a new law being shopped around California's senate called SB242, or the Social Networking Privacy Act, which requires social networks to allow parents full access to their kids' profiles and even lets them request removal of text or photos from a minor's (under 18) profile. For me, this calls into question the rights of the user. Facebook allows users age 13 and up to open an account, and since these kids are still underage, should their parents have total access to their Facebook accounts? And does the state have a right to step in and make that decision for them? I'm a big proponent of involved parenting when it comes to online activity, but I'm not sure a statewide bill is the answer to keep your kids' online activity clean.

While this bill may sound strict, there is a plus side — the bill would also force social networks to walk users through privacy settings upon signup, explaining what each setting means before the account goes live. I'm all for that action. What do you think about California's SB242?

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todayandtomorrow todayandtomorrow 6 years
I think this is a great idea. I personally don't trust Facebook any further than I can throw them and I don't trust them to watch out for anyone but themselves. So I 'm all for regulations because parents have the right and duty to protect their children. If you have a business page on Facebook, look out, because 3rd parties can get your account removed without warning, recourse or explanation. And when they do remove you, all you see is this: http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=1108 Facebook is not a trustworthy organization, nor is it as safe a place as it appears. Regulations are good.
amber512 amber512 6 years
The abuse was the first thing I thought of as well...
wolvesvane wolvesvane 6 years
it's not the government's job to raise your kids. the walk-through is a good idea though, just not the rest of it. there is no way i want my parents on my Facebook at all, despite having nothing to hide. it's an invasion of privacy and destroys parent-child trust and respect.
Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 6 years
I agree with you there evalution, the trust between a parent and child is important. And isn't the job of a parent to be involved and engage at all times anyway? Is this bill just a product of lazy parenting?
mixedpie mixedpie 6 years
Given the types of things that a lot of teenagers post online and publicly, I think that parents should be getting involved. Of course, I think it would be better for parents to just monitor their children's online activity and have a social networking account alongside their teen's but that's not always possible. I see a lot of teenagers on the internet swearing up a storm, not having the right privacy options, posting images of them drinking, etc. I think it's a parent's duty to teach their kids to be not-stupid.
evalution evalution 6 years
The most important job of a parent is to teach there children to independent good adults. This idea undermines that process. Encourages distrust and lack of confidence in good decision making. If your doing your job as a parent, your child will make the right choices most of the time and make mistakes that he or she will learn from. However this kind of parenting means you have to be involve and engage at all times, not rummaging throughout their modern day diaries.
Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 6 years
Wow Zeejay, I definitely didn't think about that angle, but you're absolutely right. Thanks for posting!
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