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Links of the Day:

- Parents are buying surveillance tools to monitor their kids’ computer and phone use. What are the parents afraid of? The New York Times mentions sexual predators in passing, but focuses more on everyday kid stuff:

…the anxieties of parenting in the digital age have spawned a mini-industry, as start-ups and established companies market new tools to track where children go online, who they meet there and what they do. Because children are glued to smartphones, the technology can allow parents to track their physical whereabouts and even monitor their driving speed.

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A text message application for the iPhone called textPlus allows Kyle Reed of Golden, Colo., to be copied on every text message his teenage son sends his girlfriend. “I feel torn a little bit. It’s kind of an invasion of privacy,” he said. “But he’s 13. I want to protect him.”

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Does (Dan Sherman) worry that his daughters think he does not trust them? Mr. Sherman says they should learn that they will be monitored throughout their lives: “It’s not any different from any employer.”

Reading text messages your son sends to his girlfriend is way different than the behavior a future boss. That’s just snooping. Kids deserve privacy and space to grow up. They need room to make mistakes, get their hearts broken and build trust with their parents. I can’t imagine my parents listening in on my phone conversations or reading the notes I passed in class. It would have felt terribly violating.

This is baby-monitors-gone-wild.

By the way, the belief that the Internet is filled with online predators who want to harm your child is a myth.

- Two Buffalo area state senators have a way to get Bills fans to behave more responsiblysell beer an hour earlier at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

- Even though Albany’s district attorney said he wouldn’t prosecute arrests of Occupy Albany protesters, state police racked up $91,000 in overtime patrolling the encampment and protests.

- You might not want to book a hotel room on Orbitz if you’re a Mac user.

- Five years ago today, five recent Fairport High School graduates were killed in a crash in Ontario County.