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Should parents snoop?

It depends on who you ask

Forty-eight percent of parents admit they look through their teens phone call records or text messages.

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Forty-eight percent of parents admit they look through their teens phone call records or text messages.

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Consider this: You are very well behaved and never get in trouble. You’re in the shower when your phone starts ringing in your room. You don’t hear it, but your mom does. She grabs your phone and sees an older man on Facebook telling you you’re beautiful.

Should your mom be able to do that? Do you think it’s okay for your parents to go through your phone without you knowing?

According to Pew Research Center, 48% of parents have looked through their teen’s phone call records or text messages. Ninety-four percent of parents say they have never talked with their teen about what is appropriate for them to share online. Fifty-six percent of parents have friended or followed their teen on Facebook or Twitter or some other social media platform.

Ann Morehead, a parent of a South Mountain High School student said, “I have every right to go through my child’s phone without them knowing, because I’m the parent.”

“I believe I have the right to go through my child’s phone without them knowing, because I’m the adult and, most importantly, because I’m paying for the bill,” Arnetia Cardona, also a parent of a student at South, said.

“Going through my child’s phone without them knowing would be something good to do, because it will help prevent them from doing bad things,” parent Melinda Gomez agreed.

“I feel like its not a bad thing for parents to go through our phone,” junior Paris Ross said. “As long as we aren’t doing something our parents wouldn’t like.”

“To a certain extent (it) is okay, but only if I was still young, ” junior Mayra Valenzuela said. “I am now 17, and I don’t think it’s okay. It invades certain privacy that I should be able to have.”

Here’s something to think about. Recently in Arizona, a sixth-grade teacher was arrested for molesting her 13-year-old student. The parents of the young boy found out when they discovered explicit texts including naked photos when they searched their son’s phone.

So, clearly going through your child’s calls and texts without them knowing can be a good thing, although many teens may still disagree.

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