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Do you check on your teens to see if they're sexting?

do you go on you child’s myspace, or email, or even their cell phone and check what they are doing? do you feel like you are violating their privacy?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:36 PM on Mar. 27, 2009 in Teens (13-17)

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  • I never check! I respect my son and trust him. He's home almost every night and usually I have a house full of his friends too. My son is an amazing human being and I have a tremendous amount of love and admiration for him. He's a hard-worker (my father owns a company and he's been working for him for almost 5 years and averages $22/hr tips included) , a humanitarian (has only been in trouble twice, both for fighting & standing up to bullies picking on kids with disabilities).
    FeelinYummy

    Answer by FeelinYummy at 9:12 PM on Aug. 23, 2010

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  • I think a child does not have full privacy until they move out.

    I do keep tabs on it, that is why my daughter does not have a my space page because of the things I saw on it. Just when you think one thing, you are surprised with the other.
    KFree907

    Answer by KFree907 at 9:40 AM on Apr. 13, 2010

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  • I have 2 teenagers and 2 tweens none of them have cell phones, we have 1 laptop that can only be used when a parent is present, we have parental locks on our tv. We have strict rules on the phone and the computer.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:21 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

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  • NO.

    MY DAUGHTER KNOWS I AM CHECKING, AND STILL DOES SILLY THINGS, I GUESS IT IS THE AGE.
    KFree907

    Answer by KFree907 at 2:33 PM on Jan. 11, 2010

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  • YES!!!!!!!! please check your child's cell phone! Sexting is a crime!!! it's really illegal your child can be chaged with distributing porn save them from that humilation
    Kaerazo

    Answer by Kaerazo at 12:59 PM on Dec. 30, 2009

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  • i check periodically, i have to find a way lately to get to his cell phone because he has it with him always. I will probably sneak in his room at night and check. his my space i have his password and i check to see what websites he's been on, he knows i check and i discuss with him the importance of being responsible and what can happen if he is not. if i'm checking that means other mothers are and if they see something from him they don't like, how embarrassing or damaging. all teens make mistakes, they have to in order to learn. so i believe you have to protect them as a mom, so they can DEAL with their mistakes. you don't want the mistake to be to big. like ending up on the "sex offenders list". for goodness sake!!!

    momlovingmoms

    Answer by momlovingmoms at 10:47 PM on Jun. 16, 2009

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  • i have found that checking my childs cell phone text messages doesnt help much!
    i know she erases the bad texts or when she is "sexting" someone she deletes them rght after she did it. so if you really want to make sure your child isnt sexting dont give them a cell phone.
    LucyG.

    Answer by LucyG. at 11:05 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

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  • i think u shuld trust your kids untill they give you a reason not to. i trust my kids, and they are very open with me. thank GOD.
    okc-mom-2

    Answer by okc-mom-2 at 8:46 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

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  • OMG, seriously, maybe if your parents had checked up on u, you wouldnt be a teenager on cafemom! its a parents job to make sure there children are behaving, its not the teens job to behave there TEENS, there gonna be dirty and secertive, its in there DNA. YEs u should check there computer and there cells and ANYTHING else you feel like checking, if you feel the need to check than obciously you dont have a always "perfect" child and NO ONE DOES... You teens getting upset over your parents making sure that your being healthy and safe, get over it...your parents didnt check on you and now your not going out with friends or dating, or going to partys or movies or out with your bootie calls, your diapering and feeding and watching and calming the baby you made from being SILLY!
    judith_visco

    Answer by judith_visco at 10:22 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • I don't feel like I go overboard (like the mom who said she reads her daughter's diary!), but if they don't haven't said or done anything for me to be concerend about, then they should be ok with it. I also am on my kids' friends lists so that I can at least see what their public profiles look like, but I don't check their messages. What they say to their friends is their business.
    AngieG.

    Answer by AngieG. at 6:37 PM on Mar. 29, 2009

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