Chenoa Peters — “Yes, I think so, because with me personally when I was growing up my mom used to check my bag (when I came from) school to make sure that whatever she put in my bag is what I came back home with or what I left with. Now although someone may disagree ‘because of privacy issues’, at least the parents would be aware of what their children are engaged in. Sometimes children are engaged in things they know they’re not supposed to be engaged in: pornography for example.
Sometimes you send them to bed and secretly they’re on their phone talking to someone that’s twice their age and they can get trafficked and that kind of thing. I think parents should be allowed to go through their children’s phones just to ensure that they’re not doing anything that they’re not supposed to be doing. Sometimes children feel that they are grown and they can make their own decisions, but sometimes they find themselves in trouble and then later on they come right back home and realize they made a mistake and that their parents were right all along.”
Shirlin George — “I think it is okay for parents to go through their children’s phones when they are around the age of 12 or 13 because children get phones very young these days, but as they get older, like 16 or 17, you should give your children privacy as well. I think there should be that ability to communicate with your child so that they can let you know what’s going on in their life. As a 16 or 17-year-old, I wouldn’t really want my parents going through my phone. I guess in the event of an emergency you can go through their phone, but there also should be that communication between parent and child so that you will be able to trust your child to tell you what’s going on without invading their privacy.”
Jewel Martelly — “Yes, I believe they should because so many things are happening nowadays and when things happen that’s when people wonder how did it happen. Children go through things that they don’t really express to their parents. Sometimes it might seem like everything is okay, but in reality it’s not, so to me parents going through their children’s phones it’s not a bad thing. You get to know little things they might not tell you or might be afraid to say. For example, you can get to know certain things when you go through a conversation. I think it’s necessary even though children might get upset because at the end of the day a lot of children are not open with their parents. You don’t know all of the things they are going through especially when they’re in school most of the time.”