Monitoring software helpful and harmful
( 2003-08-08 13:46) (China Daily)
A software package called
"Shield for Kids", which is designed to protect children from viewing
"unsuitable" content online, could actually violate the individual rights of
children, depending on how it is used.
According to Youth Daily, the software is capable of recording everything
that has been viewed on the computer screen as well as saving all online chat
The software's designer, Liu Zhi, of the Shanghai Huifeng Science and
Technology Company, said that parents must enter a password before the programme
can be started, ensuring that it cannot be used maliciously by anyone else
outside of the family.
But sociologist Yu Hai argued that while parents may be within their rights
in supervising their children, they have no right to invade their privacy to an
Parents should respect laws and regulations when monitoring their children's
activities, Yu added.