300 Words: mousemail.com

Recently, a new website was introduced called mousemail.com. The function of the site is to help parents monitor their child’s behavior on the internet. The parent can flag inappropriate words. Then, emails, texts and Facebook messages that contain those words are sent to the parent, who can then chose whether or not to send it to the child.

According to mousemail.com, “This filtering allows parents to passively monitor their children’s communications, giving parents a chance to talk with their child if an issue arises before that issue becomes serious.”

If that sort of complete parental surveillance is passive, then kicking someone in the shin with steel-toe boots is a passive way of taking out rage.

The website claims it is trying to stop cyberbullying. However, flagging inappropriate words in emails, texts and Facebook messages isn’t going to do that. For one, teens rarely use email. Also, if someone is being bullied over text, the easiest solution is to block his number; parents don’t need to be involved.

What’s to stop a parent from receiving every message a teenager is supposed to get? Parents can just flag the word “the” or “and” to get complete surveillance on their child. Sounds like something my big brother would do.

The Internet page has a cute mouse for a logo, and the whole thing looks innocent, with phrases such as “protect your kids” and “safe email, text and social networking for the entire family.” I respectfully disagree. The website needs a disclaimer that says, “May make your child incredibly angry with you.”

I was fine when my mom asked for my Facebook password. It didn’t matter to me when my dad knew how many texts I sent each month. But this crosses the line. Mousemail.com is the ultimate invasion of our teenage privacy.