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Etiquette for Viewing Portable Devices in Public

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More people are watching entertainment on portable devices in public. Whether you're watching a violent movie, or public television-- you never know who might be looking over your shoulder. And these days, you can't always control the video or photos you might see in public places. Privacy experts call it "shoulder surfing" and it's becoming very common.

So how do you control what you're seeing while sitting on a plane or in a restaurant? Dody Furst of Las Vegas says she's aware that not everyone has the same taste in entertainment. "I wouldn't want someone to watch stuff-- like porn for instance," she said.

Jennifer Kaplan is more concerned about what her ten year-old daughter might see. "I'm offended by some of the things that pass through the internet these days, but at the same time one of the things that makes this country great is that we have freedoms," said Kaplan.

And people often feel free to watch whatever they want on their personal portable electronic devices.

But what's a parent to do? Kaplan says if she's stuck on an airplane, she would rather talk to the person directly, than see lots of rules put in place. "I might appeal to the person adult-to-adult and say 'Hey, we've got a ten year-old here. Do you think that's appropriate?'"

Public surfing is becoming a hot topic and there are currently very few rules. It may come down to manners. "I probably would talk to the person and say this is really not the place, could you watch something else," Furst said.

Experts say common sense is probably the best policy. If you find yourself next to young children select entertainment that doesn't make them feel uncomfortable.

Written by Jennifer Burton

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