Is it ok to monitor my son's text messages?

Sasha - posted on 05/22/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son is spending too much time on his phone and it's evident that he's texting. I wouldn't mind at first but he's getting a bit hostile when I'm around him and so i'm starting to suspect he's hiding something. Should I intrude?


Raye - posted on 05/22/2015




If your child is under 18, you are responsible for them and have the right to monitor their communications. Especially if he's acting like he has something to hide, it's time to let him know that he does not have a right to privacy. He can get himself, other people, and his parents in trouble if he misuses technology. Parents should not give their kids access to technology unless the parent has all passwords and is able to monitor phone history, internet use, text, e-mail, FB, Apps, etc. that the child is using. They should know up front that you will be randomly checking on them. Since it appears that you didn't give this warning up front, there's probably going to be a lot of anger over you checking his phone. Hopefully you can see what he's doing before he erases everything. But at least he may be more careful about his activities in the future.


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