I recently read an article by Ann Brenoff for the Huffington Post entitled “How I Spy on My Kids Online.” The article brought up a point that many parents are probably wondering about. Is spying on your kids online activity an invasion of their personal privacy? Some parents would say it is the same as going through your childs dresser drawers or reading their personal journal.
In my opinion, yes, it is the same thing but when it’s for their personal safety then there is nothing wrong with it. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and even PS3 gaming platforms have an overabundance of sexual predators lurking around just waiting to lure some innocent child into their trap.
If that sounds paranoid, then that’s probably because many parents don’t take online safety seriously. Children don’t know the horrors of the world the way that we do. They don’t realize that the twelve year old friend they meet on the Internet may not be a 12-year old but a child predator.
So yes, if you feel that spying on your child’s activity online is what it takes you keep them safe, then it is the right thing to do, no matter what other parents may think.