Tuesday, August 21, 2007

World gone mad...

Pupils face tracking bugs in school blazers | News crumb | EducationGuardian.co.uk: "A school uniform maker said yesterday it was 'seriously considering' adding tracking devices to its clothes after a survey found many parents would be interested in knowing where their offspring were. Trutex would not say whether it was studying a spy in the waistband or a bug in the blazer but admitted teenagers were less keen than younger children on the 'big brother' idea."


Bugs in blazers? Good grief, the world really has gone insane. How about... and this is a radical idea... we... you may need to be seated at this point... we start trusting that our children will be okay? That we've equipped them with enough skills for them to trust us and to cope with being out in the big bad world. That maybe they deserve some privacy and that they need to learn to deal with having that privacy.

What's the betting that miraculously clothes will be torn at the place where the tracking device has been inserted and that, sadly, the device will disappear fairly rapidly...

Who thinks up this tosh? Technology for technology's sake - no. Technology to help perpetuate a myth that society is so very dangerous - no. Technology which infringes on young people's privacy when there really is no need - no.

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