Top reasons that employers give for accessing, and why they are wrong

Here is a list of the reasons people give for wanting your credit report, and why those reasons are complete bunk.  This list comes from e-how (in bold), and my reasoning is in normal ...more

Searching for Salmonella, How the CDC Found the Salami.

Remember a few months ago when they discovered that a pepper-coated salami, was the cause of 245 people in 44 states getting salmonella?...more

The Balance Between Protecting our Children and Respecting Their Privacy

Last week, the news broke about a Philadelphia-area school district that has been accused of misusing technology to spy on a student at home.As @vodkamom reported on Twitter and here on the BlogHer Family Connections forum:...more
You over obsessive diaper sniffers always make me think back on George Carlin... Here's a few ...more

School District Sued for Spying on Students via Webcam

Most U.S. school officials and teachers warn students about the dangers of sharing too much information online and teach young people ways to maintain relative privacy while connected to the Internet.  In Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, however, school officials allegedly took another approach: they surveilled students and their families by using the webcams built into laptops issued to students by their high schools....more



Students use computers for much more than reading e-texts, ...more

Student Webcams, School Spying--and Snowballs

The Snapper came home from school and said, “Mom, the school is using our laptop web cams to spy on us.”I said, “Where can I get one of those?” and he said, “they’re spying on you too.” ...more

Is It Okay With You When Family and Friends Put It ALL Out There On the Internet?

Imagine you are a guest at a wedding and during the reception a slide show of the bride's mother giving birth to the bride is displayed on giant flat screens while you eat your choice of chicken marsala or prime rib.  Is this appetizing?  As you sign onto Facebook: LOOK! There on your wall is an update from a friend who has "shared" a full-color picture of his red, angry surgical scar.  Do you send a "get well" poke?...more

Personally, I do not discuss others in my circle openly online unless I have their ...more

What Happens in Class Stays in Class?

Today, I began my Seminar on College Teaching by having the grad students and postdocs enrolled in it draw a picture that served as a metaphor for higher education today. Images of violence figured prominently in a few doodles. My students depicted the research university as a guillotine, a hunting lodge filled with trophy heads, and--perhaps most graphically--as a meat grinder into which students are fed like cheap steak destined to be hamburger. ...more

There are quite a few divergent questions here  - and I'm not sure how I feel about some ...more

Why Do We Care About Tiger's Drama? Because We're Nosy

If you haven’t heard all of the D-R-A-M-A surrounding Tiger Woods and his recent little car accident you must be living under a very large rock. With very large soundproof headphones. Whether you Google “Tiger Woods” as web results, news results or blog results, the stories are swirling. In addition to the gossipmongers like TMZ and Perez Hilton, major news networks are weighing in. He’s wrong. He’s right. He’s entitled to his privacy. He should set the record straight. His “brand” is in jeopardy. The tree should press charges....more

Privacy. Does it have your attention yet?

Privacy stories and concerns are everywhere. There are constant issues over privacy at Facebook. Look, for example, at 10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy and at Could I have my stuff back, please. ...more

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Virginia DeBolt


Please don't look at the children

Lenore Skenazy has been stirring up the parenting world with her book Free-Range Kids and blog of the same name for quite a while, now -- I first wrote about her about eighteen months ago, when she allowed her nine-year-old to ride the subway alone. ...more

Any sort of footage of the kids (video or still) had to be approved, in writing, by every ...more