An advertiser on First to Know has been creating some controversy among readers. Child safety website TeenSafe offers a program that lets parents read all the iPhone or Android text messages their child has sent and received — including deleted text messages. Parents can also view phone call logs, phone contacts and web browsing history, their child’s Instagram, Kik messages and WhatsApp activity, and TeenSafe uses the phone’s GPS to track its location on a map.
This is completely legal as long as the person using TeenSafe is the child’s parent or legal guardian.
Some people think it’s a smart way to keep an eye on kids. TeenSafe lets you see if they are sending inappropriate photos and texts, or getting mixed up with bad kids. It may also let you know if they’re being bullied, or possibly being approached by a child predator.
Others feel this is an extreme invasion of privacy — showing kids you don’t trust them, which could have long-term negative effects. Because TeenSafe can be used without the child knowing, some believe that if the child does find out, this could motivate him or her to actually keep secrets from you.
Then there are those people who fall in between these two. Where do you stand? Take the quiz below and find out. You can also learn more about TeenSafe here.