The Importance of Dorm Security
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Society today obsesses over security and privacy. Passwords on computers, passcodes on phones, and locks on doors in houses all show just how much we keep to ourselves. As a boarder at Milton and a teenager who fully embraces social networking, I get peace of mind from these precautions, but being a boarder is like living with 40 other siblings who act just as yours do. They prank you, they tease you, but most of all, they care for you. As a result, we forget to take these precautions because of the trust we have for each other. Although most of us become comfortable with dorm mates after a period of time, we should not leave it to trust to guarantee that personal matters will be kept private when we’re not here.
Every morning before I leave for school, I rush out of my room to make it to assembly. While getting dressed, printing papers last minute, and hurrying out the door on time, I always leave my room door unlocked and ajar. I know that both the cleaning staff in the dorm and my dorm mates will not tamper with or take any of my belongings, but something could always happen. I realize that, although I do have trust in my dorm-mates, I should ensure that nothing will happen. We should all take the precaution to lock our doors during the school day. Doing so will eliminate the chances of theft or pranks and maintain a much happier and healthier relationship in the dorm. Although locking your door might seem distrustful, we must also remember that we do not know everyone as well as we think, and that we all have things we do not want to share. Being too safe with a matter like security is never a bad thing, so why leave our privacy to chance?
Another matter of security especially relevant today is computer and social networking passwords. We all have them on our Facebook and our phones, yet we still see outrageous statuses, receive weird texts, and get unexpected “pokes” that stem from Facebook and phone “hacking.” Hacking is, perhaps, not the correct word, since the perpetrator is usually a friend of the person and generally does not do it with malicious intent. Although these online pranks are often done in good humor, “hacking” can embarrass the victim. In my dorm, I have been both the victim and of these social networking pranks and the prankster. Some get mad at the person who carries out these jokes, but most of the time, we are the ones who allow for these security breaches to happen. Leaving computers open, not logging out of Facebook on a friend’s phone, and sharing passwords with a close friend are all ways that we could become victims of a security breach.
We may have the utmost trust in our dorm-mates and our peers, but in the end, our individual privacy is our responsibility. We may trust our friends a lot and know they want the best for us, but some private matters are for our own eyes. Sharing parts of your life is great, but respecting others’ privacy is just as, if not more, important. So, the next time you leave your computer, make sure you are logged off. And if you see someone has left Facebook open on your phone, log off their account for them. After all, trust is the key component upon which privacy is contingent. And trust is what leads to a healthier boarding and school environment all around.
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