Parents Confess: Do You Read Your Kids’ Texts?

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Some parents say that since they pay for the phone, they have the right to read their kids’ texts. (Photo: Getty Images)

As children get older and more independent, it’s hard not to wonder what they do behind closed doors — or private screens. What is a reasonable expectation of privacy for a 12- or 13-year-old? If mom buys her son a cell phone, is it her right to read his text messages? (And will she do it anyway?) The secret-sharing app Whisper, a cheaper-than-therapy (free!) outlet for brutal honesty, recently asked its users if they read their kids’ text messages, and the answers are all over the map. So whether you believe it’s an invasion of privacy or your right as a parent, you are not alone. Check out these true confessions from 16 anonymous moms and dads.

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For more confessions about family life, kids, and parenting, check outWhisper.

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