Parental Control – Surveilling your parents … Ew!

This, being a minimally edited re-post from almost two years ago – but still relevant, and I haven’t heard an answer … Anyone ..?

There you have it: Parental Control is needed more than ever, in a subtle way (I’d suggest you would do best to re-study The Cyber Effect; as I do), given the ever increasing (sic) risks online for the smaller than you. And the requirements of GDPR – that you may have to enforce (?), over your children’s apps.

But what about the more grown-up than you; your parents …? They either are only now, slowly, coming online, or they have been there already longer and have practised, but now are becoming older and mentally less capable or acute.
Hence, would we need to instate parental control to (also) mean: control over your parents (‘ their online behaviour)? And how would we have to arrange that; the norms for what e.g., appropriate content would be, are, ahem, not so clear. When a child would want to explore a vast portion of the Internet / its traffic, many agree that this would be either to be forbidden or a serious learning opportunity qua acceptability.
But when the one(s) that taught you about the birds and the bees would want to visit such sites, well, ew! but on the other hand…
Similar, qua gambling sites, hooliganism, et al. — not forbidden for any adult / your parents but , squared with how the capacity to operate in society may deteriorate with the elderly and where the thresholds might be, where do things get out of hand?

Yes, in Europe, when you die your data (as that sits with the government; on socmed etc. too! [ref needed]) belongs to the government and your family has no rights over them. By consequence of some weird interpretations of obscure articles, contra reasonable moral and ethical expectations by relatives (biologically/family-related, or qua social media ‘friends’..?).
But for bank accounts et al., there have been practical rules and protocols already a long time, so that children (come of age) slide step-wise into custodianship. Would we need something similar for parents’ online behaviour?

What would the rules of thumb look like, and could they be enforced somehow, to protect the weak against abuse ..?
Let’s discuss.


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