In a culture that seems to be an advocate of teen rights, many parents are hesitant to snoop through their child’s personal belongings.
I’d like to encourage parents to see the other side to this argument.
Snooping on Your Teen
Considering the importance of an individual’s right to his own peace and dwelling, do I have the right to go snooping through my teenager’s dresser drawers or internet history?
Unless your teen’s name is on the mortgage, he doesn’t own a dwelling and he probably didn’t pay for his dresser, phone or computer either. Even if he did, they’re still in your house in a room that you’ve allowed him to occupy. Any good parent who understands the times we live in today will exercise, not just the right to search Junior’s room, dresser, phone and computer, but the responsibility and obligation to search these things.
If Junior says, “Stay out of my room,” be sure to remind him whose room it really is. In today’s world, it’s just good parenting!
Conversation Starter: What are your thoughts on this controversial topic of snooping on your teen?
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