The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.
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1 Chapter 1 Do Teens Have a Right to Privacy?
Chapter Preface 18
Yes: Teens Have a Right to Privacy
Teens Have a Right to Privacy from Parents Melanie Barwick 20
Teens have a need for privacy, and parents should respect that need as much as possible or risk the negative consequences.
Children Need Some Places Where They Have Privacy from Adults Michael Thompson 26
Having private time away from adults is an important part of growing up and should be allowed within reason.
Teens Should Have a Right to Privacy That Is Earned Kelly Weber 29
Privacy is very important for teenagers and, as long they remain trustworthy, their right to privacy should be respected.
No: Teens Do Not Have a Right to Privacy
Teens Do Not Have a Right to Privacy from Parents Lindsay Ferrier 32
It is a parent's job to monitor children at all times, even if that means violating privacy.
To Be a Good Parent, It Is Necessary to Invade Teen Privacy Chronicle 35
Parents have the right and the responsibility to invade the privacy of their children in order to protect them.
Chapter 2 Should Teens Have Privacy in Receiving Medical Care?
Overview: Minors and Privacy in Medical Care Guttmacher Institute 40
The laws regarding the ability of minors to consent to sexual and reproductive health care and the ability of parents to make health care decisions for their children vary by state.
Yes: Teens Should Have Privacy in Receiving Medical Care
Confidential Health Care for Teens Is Good Policy Scott J. Spear Abigail English 43
There is significant consensus about the important role confidential medical care plays in furthering adolescent health.
Teens Should Be Allowed an Abortion Without Parental Consent Kate Michelman 51
State parental involvement laws that mandate parental consent for abortion put teens at risk and deny the realities of teen communication.
Contraceptives Should Be Available to Teens Without Parental Consent 56
Center for Reproductive Rights
Restricting teens' access to contraception by requiring parental consent or notification damages their health and violates their constitutional right to privacy.
Mandatory Reporting Laws Violate the Privacy Rights of Minors Sherry F. Colb 61
Applying mandatory reporting laws to teenage sex is an overbroad policy that threatens teens' well-being and their privacy rights.
No: Teens Should Not Have Privacy in Receiving Medical Care
Parents Have the Right to Oversee Their Children's Health Care Daniel Patrick Moloney 68
The health care system needs to be reformed in such a way to respect parents' rights to make health care decisions for their children.
Parents Have a Right to Know About Teen Abortion Mailee R. Smith 80
Parental involvement laws requiring notification when a minor seeks abortion are necessary to protect the minor's health and parental rights.
Contraceptives Should Not Be Available to Young Teens Without Parental Consent Patriot Ledger 84
Allowing teens in middle school to have access to birth control without the consent of a parent abdicates parental responsibility and sends the wrong message.
Chapter 3 Should Teens Have Privacy Rights Respected at School?
Overview: Teen Privacy Rights and Drug Testing at School 88
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Drug testing students is ineffective, harmful, expensive, invasive, and may conflict with state legal guarantees of student privacy.
Yes: Teens Should Have Privacy Rights Respected at School
Students Have Rights Preventing Schools from Conducting Unwarranted Searches David Souter 92
Although schools may search students when there is a reasonable suspicion of danger, searches without justification are unconstitutional.
Schools Should Not Interfere with Student Speech off Campus Justin Silverman 101
Despite recent court decisions and legislation to the contrary, students have a First Amendment right to free speech outside of school without school interference.
No: Teens Should Not Have Privacy Rights Respected at School
Random Student Drug Testing Is an Important Tool for Drug Prevention 105
Student Drug-Testing Institute
Random student drug testing is one effective tool in preventing teen drug use that, if done confidentially, does not violate students' right to privacy.
Schools Need Broad Authority to Conduct Searches of Students 114
National School Boards Association and American Association of School Administrators
School authorities should be given deference in their judgments on the need to search students, especially for legal and illegal drugs.
Schools Can Rightfully Interfere with Student Speech off Campus John Roberts 126
Schools do not violate students' First Amendment rights by limiting speech promoting illegal drug use, both at school and at events away from school.
Chapter 4 What Are Some Concerns About Teen Privacy and New Technology?
Overview: Children, Privacy, and Online Social Networks 139
Federal Trade Commission
There are risks for teens and younger children engaged in online social networking, and parents need to monitor and educate their children about the risks.
Teen Privacy Is Threatened by Social Networking Peter Bazalgette 144
The first generation using social networking still cares about privacy and needs protection in place to allow for privacy rights in the future.
Teen Online Activity Can Harm Future College Admissions and Employment Nicole Verardi 149
Teens need to be aware that whatever they post online will be there forever, possibly hurting their chances of getting into college or getting a job.
Teen Sexting Can Have Serious Consequences Joshua D. Herman 156
In Illinois and other states, teen sexting is a crime that can lead to a teen being charged with child pornography and being branded as a sex offender.
The Legal System Is Overly Harsh Toward Teen Sexting Radley Balko 165
Charging teens with child pornography for sexting is an overreaction to the issue and a misuse of the criminal justice system.
Organizations to Contact 170