TELL US: Should Parents Track Students' Whereabouts in College?

A University of Cincinnati student recently won a restraining order against her parents after they tracked her every move.

Heading off to college is a chance for not only students to grow, but for their parents to adapt to life changes as well. But in some cases, the parents may not have such an easy time letting go.  

So has been the case with one college student that made national news recently. 

A 21-year-old music student at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music recently convinced a judge to grant her a restraining order against her parents, according to The Huffington Post

The student, Aubrey Ireland, reportedly told the court that even though she had made the dean's list, her parents would still drive 600 miles from Kansas to Ohio, making unannounced visits to her school, accusing her of drug use, promiscuity and mental illness. 

The issue deepened when her parents installed key-logging software on her computer and cell phone, allowing them to track her every move. 

As a result, the court and the school sided with Ireland; the university has granted her a full scholarship for her senior year, while the judge issued a civil stalking order against her parents, thus ordering them to stay at least 500 feet away from their daughter and have no contact with her until September 2013. 

The news raises the issue of how much parents should "let go" of their children when they head off to college. But what do you think? Did her parents go too far? Or were they justified in trying to keep a close eye on their daughter? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. 


5th Warder January 13, 2013 at 03:00 PM
That sounds like a pretty dysfunctional family. That said, I believe law-abiding citizens have a right to privacy and a right to be left alone. These rights have been eroded so much in recent years with endless political robocalls, internet tracking, cell phone tracking, security cameras, data mining, GPS tracking, you name it. And that's just the "legal" part of it. identity theft, hacking cell phone voice mails for a news story... there are endless examples. The sad part is that we have grown to accept it as part of everyday life in the post-9/11 internet age. It's interesting that younger, tech-savvy people seem to be more willing to give up privacy, perhaps because they never knew what privacy was like to begin with. Furthermore it seems most have have been convinced to live with the consequences, feeling that the short-term benefits outweigh the costs, both near and long-term. Bravo to the girl in the article for standing up for her rights.
Nellie Sabin January 13, 2013 at 08:51 PM
This poor girl. How does she manage to excel with parents like that? I'm glad the courts did not put their "parental rights" ahead of her right to manage her own life. She probably waited until age 21 to act so she would be viewed as an adult.


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