Note: I have been informed by brother that I meant to say iPod Touch. Not iTouch. I stand corrected.
For various reasons, Hubs and I have set family rules regarding Son's computer use. For example, any computer he has access to is to be kept in common areas of the house, no computer in his room, passwords have been set so he can't go on-line unless either Hubs or I log him on and he isn't to use the computer unless there's an adult present. Son has made it known that these rules are outrageously harsh and extreme. Our response: "Tough."
We have relaxed some of the rules a bit over time as he has demonstrated the ability to stay out of trouble. For Christmas, Son received an iTouch. This is a HUGE show of trust since with the iTouch he can pretty much by-pass most of the rules. But, as I said, he has earned our trust. New rules have been put in place, of course. And he's so determined to show us he'll comply he's even set some himself.
"Ok, Mom? I want you to know, I appreciate the trust you're showing by giving me this, and to prove it I've put a password on my iTouch."
"I put a password on my iTouch. So I can't get on-line unless you or dad enter the password."
"YOU password protected your iTouch with a password that only YOU know?"
"Yep!" He patted me on the shoulder reassuringly. "See? I'm totally obeying the rules."
"Right. So you set a password and you're keeping it a secret from yourself so you aren't tempted to get on-line?"
"Are you planning to share the password with us?"
I'm not sure whether to be insulted or concerned that he thinks I won't see the flaw in his reasoning. Maybe both?