Should You Invade Your Child's Online Privacy?

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Should You Invade Your Child's Online Privacy?
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Wed, 02-05-2014 - 8:34am

The Internet can be a scary place, but does that give you the right to spy on your kid's online activity?

http://living.msn.com/family-parenting/should-you-invade-your-kids-online-privacy-4


What do you think?  Would you (have you) check up on your children and their online activities?

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Registered: 05-27-1998

If it's online, it is not private. I've never understood why parents think it's a problem to look at a FB page that's already viewed by hundreds of other people or to check up on a chat board where your kid is baring his soul to thousands.

Private is a journal in a drawer in the child's room. The internet is very, very public.

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Registered: 10-23-2001

I am their parent and I invade their privacy all the time, Lol.  Honestly, There aren't a lot of things too private here, I know my kids' facebook passwords and we talk all the time about all things.  My oldest is almost 17 and my youngest is 11, There are some things I am sure that are better bounced off a peer but for the most part, I am in the know and I am lucky.  I believe communication is critical for children into adulthood. 

 


 


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Registered: 10-17-2012
Tue, 02-11-2014 - 10:39pm

Yes... and it's not spying if you tell them you're going to do it.  I insist on being my kid's facebook friend and having her passwords.

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Registered: 11-13-2011

People often talk about internet bullying, but bullying can happen anywhere.  Bullying when on when I was a kid and there was no internet.  People made prank phone calls, left harassing notes in lockers, and gossiped by word of mouth.

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Registered: 12-12-2002

>>The Internet can be a scary place, but does that give you the right to spy on your kid's online activity?<<<


Being my child's parent gives me the right to check up on them online.  Or their phone, or their backpack or anything else.  It's kinda my job.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 11-13-2011
I am friends and stay connected with my kids. I don't look at their inbox..but I would in a hearbeat if I suspect they have done something wrong or are talking with someone on the internet that they shouldnt be .

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Registered: 07-08-2014

I believe that the best way to deal with internet safety is to engage kids on outdoor activities, lol! Seriously - I try to stay next to my 6-year-old nephew when she is browsing web. And, my LO is only 2 years ols, too young for web :)