Is it OK to secretly snoop on your kids?

Is It OK to Secretly Snoop on Your Kids?
Is It OK to Secretly Snoop on Your Kids?


Thirty-five percent of parents are snooping on their kids' digital devices -- in secret, according to a recent Harris poll.

Parents now have the ability to check up on their kids' social activities online, through Facebook, Instagram and texts. There are even third-party applications that allow reports to be sent to parents that monitor incoming and outgoing calls and messages -- where they come from, what time they were made and the number the child is getting in contact with.

"I don't consider it snooping. I consider it being a parent," one parent weighed in on CafeMom. "It's my job to get my kids to adulthood safely. Teens aren't forthcoming. I'll do what I have to to keep them safe."

But some parents think that's taking it too far.

"Anything password protected, I say no to snooping," another parent said. "Either I trust my kids with social media, or I don't. If I feel the need to snoop, they probably need their computer taken way or I need to calm down."

There's no doubt that kids should be wary of what they put out there, but is there a better way to teach your kids than monitor their every move?

Is it OK to secretly snoop on your kids? Let us know what you think below and in the comments.



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