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School Officials' Facebook Rummaging Prompts Mom's Privacy Crusade

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A mother who says her middle-school daughter was forced to let school officials browse the 13-year-old girl's private Facebook page is speaking out against the practice because, she says, "other parents are scared to talk about it."

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Bianca D (87)
Friday May 18, 2012, 8:04 pm
Outrageous! Unacceptable treatment. What kind of example is this school setting? How can children learn to respect others when their rights are so callously violated? Good for Pam Broviak standing up for her daughter's rights.
Tx for this post Cal.

* . * . * It's time for us to create the world we dream of living in * . * .*

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 3:31 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 4:29 am
private ? facebook ?

Robert O (12)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 12:07 pm
Privacy and Facebook in the same sentence is an oxymoron if I ever heard one. On top of that schools want passwords, prospective employers want passwords... Best thing to do, avoid Facebook altogether. Thanks Cal.

James E (16)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 12:47 pm
Private and Facebook in the same sentence are not an oxymoron. If you set your entire account as private, it is private. If you set it public, you place a lot of personal information open to the public.

If your account is set private, it should take a court order (warrant) or similar to demand access. After all, we are talking about a government agency in this case demanding access.

US Constitution, Bill of Rights, Fourth Amendment Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

April Thompson (2)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 3:33 pm

pam w (139)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 4:48 pm
"Best thing to do is avoid facebook!"


And, let's get it divorced from Care2, please!

Veronica C (22)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 5:35 pm
If she wants her daughter to have privacy, she'll have to close social media accounts.

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 6:48 pm
I think of facebook like the mob,once you're in ,you never get out alive

Tamie R (2)
Sunday May 20, 2012, 5:58 am
I agree with James E. we have inherent rights, but there have also been cases of governmental searches and schoolchildren in front of the Supreme Court...if a school believes it is something inherent to the safety and security of others in the building, they have a right to check. You may have to call parents and involve them first, on this situation, but set to private, it should be private from others you do not want seeing your comments.

Terri Hughes (416)
Sunday May 20, 2012, 9:32 am
This is invasion of privacy and it should STOP. Our rights and privacy are being taken away from us all. The schools and work places DON'T have the right to ask for your password so they nose around into your private life. This is none of there business!!!!!!!!

Tracey D (9)
Sunday May 20, 2012, 12:20 pm
I agree with Bianca D. "* . * . * It's time for us to create the world we dream of living in * . * .* "

Donna G (42)
Sunday May 20, 2012, 12:39 pm
It's not just schools; but, businesses are doing it to. Even if you have your Facebook set to private, it is not truly private; because Facebook admin can access it. That is just one of the ways it knows what ads to put on your Facebook page. Facebook makes money by knowing which ads to put on which Facebook profile.

Edith B (146)
Sunday May 20, 2012, 8:50 pm
I agree with James E. We know Facebook is not private, but schools are invading children's privacy right and left, accusing five year old children of sexual harassment, handcuffing and arresting a six year old for having a temper tantrum. I have a three year old granddaughter, I shudder to think of what she will have to endure when she starts school.

Christopher Fowler (82)
Sunday May 20, 2012, 11:01 pm
There is no reasonable excuse for a school to do this without first contacting a parent first and getting permission from them, or, in the case of something serious, getting a court order.

Even when juveniles are arrested, they are "Marandized", just as adults are, so why should the school be allowed to extend their authority to what a student does on their own time away from school.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Monday May 21, 2012, 3:09 am

Jhn Wzt (3)
Monday May 21, 2012, 4:27 am
its made so tht they can catch those tht think act n believe "wrong" and have the "wrong" oppinion about things
its also made to get the kids used to bein monitored evrywhere to get the next generation used to live in a police state where evrything yu do is monitored i rly ope the school get a good hefty fine n slap on th wrist for this.
and aint it illegal to do tht?

JL A (281)
Monday May 21, 2012, 4:34 pm
send those administrators back to school to pass a basic civics course

Past Member (0)
Monday May 21, 2012, 5:05 pm

Rin S (10)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 5:03 am
That is just so wrong.

Laurie T (17)
Friday May 25, 2012, 9:33 pm
Looking at social media sites as the culprit, is a slightly paranoid ideal that isn't founded on anything more than uneducated web browsers who assume that if you are at any social site, your life is an open book. Facebook for example, allows any member to set their account to what ever degree of privacy they choose. It simply requires about 10 minutes of your time, to read the instructions. Ads that "seem to relate" to your posting are set, through facebook, to home in on particular words used in your postings. These ads have no ability to access much else, unless you decide to "allow" certain apps, etc. You are in complete control over your account. If you weren't, facebook and other social media sites would have been sued into bankruptcy. This article isn't about social sites, but about infringement on every individual right to privacy. The child was of legal age to hold a social network account, yet was abused in a rather cowardly way..that being through authorities using aggressive scare tactics that force a person who has little power and knowledge, into divulging information that is clearly set out through facebook guidelines as an invasion of privacy. That in itself has a slightly Neo-Natzi connotation to begin with, let alone a dictatorial control factor.
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