Friday, May 25, 2012
Nanny Is Mother, Nanny Is Father
What Nanny chooses to ignore is that her "advice" and offers of "help", more often than not, turn into direct interference in people's private/family life.
Take, for example, the issue of kids using social network sites such as Faecesbook.
Where they use these sites at school during lessons etc, it is perfectly correct that the teaching staff put a stop it it when it disrupts lessons etc. If is also perfectly reasonable that if there is substantial evidence of a kid being threatened/placed in danger by someone on these sites, that teaching staff raise the matter first with the parents.
However, where there is no evidence of wrongdoing or disruption to lessons it is not the role of the teaching staff/Nanny to dictate to parents what social networking sites the child may use in the privacy of the family home.
Step forward Paul Woodward, headmaster of St Whites School in the Forest of Dean, who believes that it is Nanny's role to do just that.
Woodward, who is also branch secretary of of the National Association of Head Teachers, recently demanded that the state ban children from setting up social media sites.
He is concerned that kids who use the sites risk being exposed to porn and online grooming. He went on to warn parents that if they persist in allowing their kids to flout Faecesbook 13+ age rule, then this would warrant an investigation by child protection teams; ie he threatened to report them.
That is a really shitty nasty little threat to make!
He is right that social networking sites can be misused. However, the internet as a whole can be misused; it is not exactly difficult to access porn on the net, or indeed on mobile phones.
The issue is not the state dictating, or in Woodward's case, threatening parents; but it is a matter of the parents determining the level of access to the internet that they grant their kids (if at all).
One might ask why a child needs a mobile phone, given that for the last few millennia children and indeed the human race have managed to survive perfectly well without them.
Children's access to the net, booze and fast food ete is, when in the domestic situation, a matter for parents to decide not union officials of the state to dictate!
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