Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Banning to hide evidence

 If there is no evidence of a problem, those charged with oversight to prevent and address problems are able to report that all is well when the opposite is true. So authorities ban or forbid use of this and that technology to hide evidence of problems becoming public knowledge. 

So when it comes to children, authorities feel that banning or prohibiting 

children from access to smartphones, lap­tops, cameras and basically all tech­no­­logy that can capture evidence of prob­lems like children-on-children bullying or children with raging sex hormones. No one has to answer hard questions on what the kids have been up to without 

indisputable evidence, so all is well. 

A kid who is dispossessed of compu­ter technology to record the error of his ways and to record problems to “cause” lazy authority embarrassment is a safe kid to have in the authority’s school system. But that structure, that sort of protocol, only hides problems. That structure only delays kids learning to use a smart, laptop, camera, etc. 

Banning doesn’t address the underlying social challenges faced by children—challenges that take them down the road of foolishness or gross deviancy. 

Schools are not alone as practitioners of banning and prohibition. Energy companies do what they can to block persons recording how they manage. But more so, how they mismanage and hide the truth about oil spills and their use of Cor­exit 9500 and the like. Ministers of national security also import whole codes of secrecy to stop persons recording, copying, sharing sneaky things the State is doing.

Sarah Parks

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