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“We need to fight for our privacy or we will lose it,” said Google chairman Eric Schmidt to Reuters in a recent on-camera chat. “[All of the user generated material on the web] is a privacy nightmare especially if you’re 15.”
Schmidt noted that the justice system will wipe a kid’s criminal record when he or she turns 18, but if a teenager does something incredibly stupid on the Internet — like sending out racist tweets about the president — “it’s going to follow you for the rest of your life,” he said.
“I’d argue for those of you with teenagers and preteens, you should probably have the online talk before the sex talk with your kids,” advised Schmidt. In other words, talk to them about virality before STDs.Eric Schmidt Interview On Privacy and Kids Online [forbes.com]