With the recent passing of the NDAA which allows for unlimited detention for as yet undetermind offences, the Internet monitoring and data collection that is here now and increasing and the "emergency alerts" coming to cell phones... clearly it is time to push back a little and create a "teaching moment" for yourself and your family. The question all must now ask is "do I have to constantly live on the other side of the monitoring and fear broadcast".
You don't have to. And in fact you shouldn't and should teach your family to screen it out and turn it off as a habit. This is in contrast to making it a 24/7 part of your life by doing nothing. Parents have always determined how they want their family to interact with others in public, how to behave socially and how to not get arrested (literally)... The times nowdays are no different. We now need to teach our family to.
- Possibly only connect cell phones when they need to communicate.
- Use the internet as little as possible and never for any controversial activities.
- Be mindful of using electronic payments. And in fact get in the habit of using cash to make purchases.
- We bought our teenagers older cars with no GPS in them
The reason... well your habits and the locations of your family members are simply not the governments business. We historically lived in a land that we were protected from unlawful search and siezure... (one would of assumed that included data collection but it clearly doesn't) and unlawful detainment. And if we made a mistake or were in bad company we were presumed innocent in a court.
So what can each family do.... In our family we made a decision. It is something that has been talked about extensively at our local farmers markets and our local church. We are unplugging at least part of the week permanently and using it as a "teaching/discussion" exercise to help our children and us understand what might be being collected. The goal is to remove or "tune down" and ultimately "control" the level of unwanted communication (and surveillance) coming into our families.
For us this means we might watch a DVD movie on sunday, after church or a game, but we do not watch the commercials, nor do we turn on the internet or facebook. We turn off our cell phones and if we go somewhere we leave them at home. On another day of the week we might use the computers for work, but then we have friends over for cards (we play a lot of hearts!) and/ or focus on homework, again, no internet for fun, strictly homework assistance. With our close friends, who are doing the same thing, we feel we have taken back 2 days of our 7 day week. ... And if we get to 3 days a week we have taken back 40% of our life.
I recently went to the second hand store and bought a pile of books... Nancy Drew, Picture books of art and natural history books. I put those out on the table along with dominos and cards.... and homework of course....
What I hope to achieve is time to do critical thinking and to not be "reacting" to news and information that is being "pushed" to me. It seems that the "drum beat" is one problem after another without a solution. And I want the data collectors out of my families life.