What Is Your Perceived Parental Right?
While the article was interesting, I was intrigued by the comments. It is clear which comments are from teens and which are from worried parents.
When I was a teen, I was mortified when my parents violated my perceived divine right to privacy. In fairness to them, they didn't violate it often. And in hindsight, I was more protective of things they probably would not have cared about than I needed to be, but I still needed my sense of privacy.
The balance of what privacy and a parents' need to know debate will continue over dinner tables for many years to come. I think that most people would agree on the extremes. If their child is in danger, a parent will go through every text or email ever written if they think it will help. On the other hand, teens are learning about themselves and part of that is having a sense of privacy. The challenge is in the middle.
Where do you think the balance is? Do parents have the "right" to read every message their child/teen sends? What level of privacy do teens deserve?