posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 09:08 PM
Hacking has received a more negative connotation in the last fifteen years or so. Hacker/hacking doesn't have to be something you worry about, so
first of all, here is some background reading:
White hat (computer security)
Hacker/hacking is pretty analogous to the maker/make community as well:
First, be proud that your daughter has an interest in technology. Technology is a tool, you should worry more about others who cannot harness this
tool as well as your daughter (derpy brothers perhaps? Heh).
It would be wise to encourage her computing and technical skills, obviously balanced with healthy play and exercise. Hopefully then she can grow into
a young women who hasn't had her interest in technology socially engineered out ("girls play with barbies", "girls aren't good at math", and other
One of my college T.A.'s was a 21-year-old from another country with a master's degree in computer science (earned by that young age). She was the
definition of a hacker, she understood the importance of privacy/how to use all associated tools, she had a deep understanding of computing, and was
very pretty to boot. Nothing can stop a woman like this, heh. I suggest you find other things to worry about!
That said it is important to teach/encourage her to be an "ethical hacker". So that she forms a belief system that includes things that are right and
worth standing up for, and can form an opinion about what is wrong/things that she would never partake in despite possibly being skilled enough to do
Thanks for your post.
edit on 4/8/2013 by AkumaStreak because: (no reason given)