Do Parents Have The Right To ‘Snoop’ On Their Kids? [Take Poll Here]


Six out of ten parents admit they regularly read their children’s private emails, texts and Facebook messages. These parents believe snooping is ‘necessary’ to keep tabs on who their children engage with online. I know that some people will disagree with this, but I personally think that in this digital day & age it is now an important part of parenting, to keep your kids safe from predators online too! So parents have a right to ‘snoop’ on their own kids? Take our poll here….

The top ways parents snoop:

1. Reading messages on social networking sites

2. Checking their internet history

3. Reading their text messages

4. Monitoring their list of friends on social networking sites

5. Checking their pictures on social networking sites

6. Reading their emails

7. Checking their call list

8. Finding out their passwords

9. Asking teachers to keep an eye on their internet use

10. Getting a sibling to help to snoop

The study also found one in ten parents have gone as far as to find out their son or daughter’s password, despite their offspring’s best attempts to keep it from them. Do children have a right to expect privacy, or should we be able to check up on their activity online and on their phones?

I say as long as I am the one paying for the phone and internet for my child, I have every right to monitor everything they do, period! I also told my own daughter when she was younger, that if she did not want me to read ‘notes’ or ‘private stuff’….then don’t leave it anywhere where I could easily see it! You can bet your bottom dollar, if I found a note in the pocket of her jeans of a shirt in the laundry, I would read it!

The top ways parents snoop:

1. Reading messages on social networking sites

2. Checking their internet history

3. Reading their text messages

4. Monitoring their list of friends on social networking sites

5. Checking their pictures on social networking sites

6. Reading their emails

7. Checking their call list

8. Finding out their passwords

9. Asking teachers to keep an eye on their internet use

10. Getting a sibling to help to snoop

So what do YOU think? Does a parent have a right to ‘snoop‘ on their own kids?

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