New Jersey Cop: Parents Should Install Keystroke Logger To Spy On Kids

Mahwah, N.J., Police Chief James Batelli has an easy solution for parents who are worried about what their children are doing online -- install a spyware keystroke logger and find out for themselves.

In what can only be described as an overreach, the chief believes children not showing parents what they are browsing for online and on social networking sites like Facebook is akin to locking their doors and never letting anyone in.

“Trust sounds good. It’s a good cliché,” Batelli said. “[But] to stick your head in the sand and think that, in 9th, 10th, 8th grade, your child is not going to be exposed to alcohol, is not going to be exposed to drugs is kind of a naïve way to go about it.”

And if parents aren’t sure or are worried about installing spyware, not to worry; Batelli is offering seminars to show parents exactly what to do to capture their Facebook passwords and everything else from the children’s computer.

Batelli, who is a father to a teenage daughter, says that Facebook is trolling with sexual predators and that inappropriate pictures are ruining teenagers’ college and work careers.

Since my daughter is only three, I’m glad it’s not a problem in my household. But is a keystroke logger a magic bullet to save teenagers from the “seedy” Internet? Should the police chief of a town be so concerned about this problem or be more focused on local crime? Let us know what you think in the comments.


Posted by Brent Dirks on Feb 14, 2011

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