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Can't withstand scrutiny

February 22, 2010 - Karin Elton
I saw this on the Associated Press wire: “A suburban Philadelphia school district used the webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit. Lower Merion School District officials said the laptops ‘contain a security feature intended to track lost, stolen and missing laptops,’’ and that the feature was deactivated Thursday. Angry students had already responded by putting tape on their laptop cameras and microphones.”

What would a webcam show of me and my family? I shudder to think of it.

One of my daughters always threatens to “call Mary Kay” on me. Mary Kay Thomas is the middle school principal. If my daughter doesn’t like the dinner I’ve prepared or I got lazy toward the end of the week and hadn’t made anything — can’t she open a jar of olives? — she pulls out her weapon.

What if Mary Kay could see what goes on in my house? First of all, unless I’m expecting company, it’s messy six and a half days of the week. Saturday mornings, I clean. So it’s kind of clean Saturday mornings and then it quickly disintegrates into disarray again.

I’m trying to persuade our little chihuahua/rat terrier to earn her keep by picking up a little, but she ignores me and instead plays with her beheaded Brat dolls which are strewn about the living and dining rooms.

Luckily for me, we don’t have any school-issued computers in the home, but my children’s math books are making a strange beeping sound.


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