Recently my wife and I got our oldest daughter a cell phone. I had concerns about the responsibility of her owning a cell phone but more than that I had concerns about the flow of information coming in and out of the cell phone.
Who would she be texting? Who would be texting her?
So I have taken to checking her texts. Sometimes it is at night when she is asleep and sometimes I pick up her phone right in front of her to look. I don’t know if I’m looking at what she is doing more than what others might be doing? Because I trust my daughter but if I have taken to invading her privacy, does that put my trust I have with her in question?
Today, when so much of our lives are available for the world to see posted all over the Internet on your choice of social networks to choose from, privacy is more important than ever. So it begs the question:
How much of your kids’ privacy to you allow them to keep? All of it, some of it, none of it?
Do we have a responsibility to keep tabs on our kids? With cyber-bullying, sexting, and the next potential Anthony Wiener trolling the Internets, do we owe it to ourselves (and our kids) to ignore their privacy for the sake of their safety?
And is there a conflict if we “trust” our kids but can’t keep our eyes off of their phones, Facebook pages, emails, etc.?
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