Summary of “Apps Like mSpy, Teen Safe, and Family Tracker Can Help You Spy on Your Kids-But at What Cost?”

With tracking technologies such as mSpy, Teen Safe, Family Tracker, and others, parents can monitor calls, texts, chats, and social media posts.
A parent’s desire to spy might have less to do with keeping kids safe, and more to do with a burning desire to lower his or her own anxiety.
The researchers asked the kids about whether their parents respected their privacy.
“There’s a lot of research indicating that kids who grow up with overly intrusive parents are more susceptible to those mental health problems, partly because they undermine the child’s confidence in their abilities to function independently,” says Laurence Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple University and author of Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence.
According to Darling, kids are more likely to feel their privacy has been invaded when parents intrude on personal issues, like eavesdropping on a conversation or secretly reading their texts.
Most kids realize that parents have legitimate authority over safety issues, such as making rules about drug use and knowing where kids are going after school.
In many communities, a parent’s desire to spy might have less to do with keeping kids safe, and more to do with a burning desire to lower his or her own anxiety.
Still, it’s probably safe to say that most parents who download spy apps aren’t doing it to have quality conversations with their kids.

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