Topic 4: Should Parents Spy On Their Kids?


With the social network spring up among young people, young people prefer share their life and keep their own secrets to avoid their parents know them. However, for children’s security, parents want to monitor their kids which they think it is a effective way to prevent from their children encountering risks or doing bad things. But is it right? Should parents spy on their kids?  According to the National Center


for Missing and Exploited Children, 1 in 7 kids receive some kind of sexual solicitation online at some point, and over half of those solicited are asked to send a picture of themselves. This statistic proves there’s a very real danger to anyone under the age of 17 on the Internet. And Ryan thinks that it is very irresponsible of any parents who are not monitor what their children use online and make sure their children are stay in safety. The minors are lack of mature and judgment which makes them easy to trust cybercriminals. And cybercriminals use this to cheat their money, personal information even nude photos. We cannot say it is all children’s fault, they just do not have enough experiences and think this world is beautiful. This is also the reason why parents should spy on their children. There were some incidents happened in China. Some young people wanted to suicide and they posted that they wanted to end their lives on the social media even some people lived the process of suiciding. What if their spy on their children? These young people probably save from death.


People who against spy on children is they think children have human rights as well and privacy should be one of them. Adolescents need to separate and individuate. What that means is that they want to have a life of their own, and adolescence is really about preparing them for that(James Lehman,2016). Justin thinks that even if parents spy on their children every online activities, children will find ways around it. Unless imprison children in a room and stop them contact with any others. Children will try various devices to dodge spy by parents. They can use their friends’ phones or computers or public WiFi hotspots or proxies to get around parents’ parental controls and they will never be able to fully control everything child does. If parents just spy on their children all the time, children probably want to rebel and attempt bad things outside their parents’ watch(Justin, 2013). Therefore, it is important that educate children what should do rather than spy on them. It is also parents’ responsibility to explain why they shouldn’t talk to strangers and the dangers on the internet(Zack Whittaker, 2013).




Picture References:



James Lehman, 2016, Teens and Privacy: Should I Spy on My Child? Plus: The 4 Tactics Kids Use When They Get Caught

Ryan Dube, December 30, 2013, Should Parents Spy On Their Kids? [MUO Debates]

Zack Whittaker , Jason Perlow , and Charlie Osborne, October 14,2013, Should parents spy on their kids?


4 thoughts on “Topic 4: Should Parents Spy On Their Kids?

  1. Hi Xiaolu,

    I think the topic you chose is super relevant to our generation, I can particularly remember how sceptical my parents were of social networks when they first became popular. I like how you talk about both pros and cons of monitoring your child’s behaviour, it is true you will never be able to completely control your child’s interactions with the internet. You bring in a great point, that an invasion of privacy can truly affect the child and it may end up having the opposite effect. Educating children is definitely a better solution compared to the controlling method of spying. Do you have any suggestions as to how to do this?

    You make some great points in your post! Maybe make an infographic in your next post, that way you could save words on your blog but still provide lots of information for the reader.



  2. I think this is a very topical blog post and I found some of your arguments to be particularly relevant to our still-new 21st digital age. The crux of your post is that, essentially, a boundary needs to be realised at a given age. For example, it would be entirely reasonable to have total parental control over the internet usage of a ten year old, but constant surveillance of an 18 year old but normally be considered overly intrusive. Interestingly, my reading led to me articles that felt that over protectionism can sometimes has the opposite of the desired effect, as this article by the new statesman explains,

    On a side note, I enjoyed your use of images in your blog. However, I do agree with Tiffany in that using infographics would go a long way to furthering the interactive elements in your posts.

    Overall, great post!


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