Parenting

When Is Snooping on Your Children Okay

In today’s generation, kids have the freedom to have not only email accounts, but access to all of the social networking sites. When the question is whether snooping through your child’s email is justifiable or not, their opinion may differ from that of the parents’.

Common Ways of Snooping the Mails

Some of the common methods of snooping into your child’s account include:

  • Some parents may put forth conditions like: the child must provide the password of the email account.
  • Some of the parents check their child’s email account without the children’s knowledge
  • In some cases parents may put software on their computers that make a list of every website your child visits.

Some of the Ways that can be Adopted by a Parent

  • Never try to steal your child’s passwords because this teaches deceit and dishonesty. If you believe you have a justifiable reason to have your children’s password then you need to be honest and tell them.
  • If you and your child do not have a trusting relationship and you feel that your child is doing something very dangerous then you need to snoop and get the required help.
  • However, snooping is not the right method to teach ethics and values that most of the parents want their children to learn.
  • If your children do not reveal their password then lock your computer, because they will not be able to access it at home, but one thing is sure, they will be able to access it outside.
  • Some kids are wise enough to hide their profiles and do not accept friend requests from strangers.
  • Sometimes miscommunication can occur, so before snooping, first find out whether your child is misusing the Internet or not.
  • As a parent, when you snoop, you may need to snoop at many places to gain access to all the email accounts that your child might have.
  • Keep time limitations for your child(as in, the amount of time they are allowed to surf the internet).

All in all, snooping may be of some use to the parent, but it can sow the seeds of deceit and dishonesty in your child.

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