School wants student passwords (CNN)
One Georgia school says it has the right to demand access to any student’s Facebook or MySpace account. WJBF reports.
Among other problems with the policy is that it allows some deviant on the school staff to create an undetectable forgery, carry out identity theft, or go fishing for underage sex (and don’t tell me that no teacher or school administrator has ever done that). Could someone sell lists of teen girls’ passwords to perverts world-wide? Sure they could. Another MySpace Suicide hoaxer could use a real teen boy’s account.
The proper answer to this is either “Not only no, but hell no,” or, “Sorry, I don’t have a MySpace account,” or “Sure, here it is,” but hand over a false account created for the purpose of giving them account information.
The practical outcome of this will be to cripple the students as they attempt to enter the modern world after graduation.
The school that’s doing this calls itself “Christian,” though I don’t recall “Blessed are the jailers” in the Beatitudes, or anything in the Bible about the virtues of snooping. This policy seems to violate the tenth commandment, though it would facilitate the violation of the eighth as well.