"NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE" EXAMINES BOUNDARIES OF TECHNOLOGY MONITORING FOR KIDS IN "THE ELECTRONIC LEASH: SAFETY VS. PRIVACY," PREMIERING TUESDAY, JUNE 16, AT 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT) ON NICKELODEON
NEW YORK - June 11, 2015 - Nick News with Linda Ellerbee examines the boundaries of child safety and privacy, and discovers how kids and parents feel about the monitoring of technology in the brand-new special, "The Electronic Leash: Safety vs. Privacy," premiering Tuesday, June 16, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Technology is ever-changing and extremely powerful, enabling kids to stay in constant contact with the world around them. As the internet and social media continue to play an integral role in the lives of kids, parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of their children.
Evan, 15, from New York, N.Y. says, "Privacy is a keystone of freedom and without privacy we would lose basic human rights."
Zachare, 14, from Columbia, Mo. adds, "I think it's OK for parents to track their kids because if the kid is in a bad situation the parent can go help them."
Just because kids leave the house doesn't mean the electronic leash comes off. Beyond reading messages, parents can use GPS apps to track their children's location.
Isaiah, 14, from Columbia, Mo. says, "I didn't really like how the app knew where I was at, at all times and felt it was invading my privacy... I felt like they couldn't trust me."
Schools have also begun implementing an electronic leash. At 14-year-old Wolf's school in Columbia, Mo., everything done on the school computer is tracked. The school also monitors its students after school hours by tracking students' social media.
Wolf says, "I find their policy with social media kind of intrusive in my mind because what I do outside of school is my business."
"With the changing world of technology," Ellerbee adds, "Perhaps in the future, technology will give us ways where we won't have to make a choice between privacy and safety. But that day hasn't come yet."
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