A mum has argued that she’s allowed to look through her kids’ phones because she pays for them.
Many parents are becoming concerned about what their kids get up to when on their phones.
We often hear about risks online, from cyberbullying to catfishing.
A recent survey found that 54% of parents are supervising their teenagers’ activity in at least two forms through their phones.
Check out this family who have ‘no rules’ for their kids…
Laura Muse, from Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of many parents to admit that she has snooped through her kids’ phones.
Every night, the mental health clinician grabs her 15-year-old son’s phone before he falls asleep.
She also screens his and her 17-year-old daughter’s online activity and personal correspondences.
The 41-year-old told the New York Post: “I own their phones, I pay for the phones. I can go through them whenever I want.”
She added that it’s how she ‘manages her ship’.
Muse has also opened up about her parenting rules over on TikTok.
In a viral post, she can be seen standing with her son, while music with the lyrics ‘This is no big deal’ plays.
The text on the screen reads: “Me every time I look through my teenager’s phone.”
The clip has garnered a staggering 1 million views and hundreds have taken to the comments and said they agree with Muse.
A fellow parent wrote: “My daughter had to turn her phone in every night at bedtime and yes, I looked at it. It’s for their protection.”
Another agreed, adding: “It’s no big deal because you’ve done a fine job at raising them!
“You are truly blessed with beautiful and amazing kids. Good job momma bear!”
While a third commented: “I love that you guys have a relationship where that is good and you can.”
However, others have taken to the comments and argued that it’s an ‘invasion of privacy’.
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“Why [do] you go through his phone?” one questioned. “Let him have privacy.”
A second said: “My mom doesn’t go through my phone unless I give her a reason not to trust me.”
“Checking your kids’ phone is an invasion of privacy and shows you don’t trust them. They will never open up to you ever again,” a third penned.
In response to this last comment, Muse said: “I pay for the phone and when you have nothing to hide because we can openly communicate about life it’s no big deal… Sorry you don’t have that in your life.”
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