Recently, a mother’s statement that she has the right to go through her children’s phones since she foots the bill for them split the internet.
Laura Muse has acknowledged that she takes her children’s phones away from them at night so that her 15-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter can get a decent night’s sleep without being glued to their screens.
This North Carolina mother spends hours looking over her children’s homework assignments after dinner, when she could easily put them aside until morning.
The 41-year-old woman told The New York Post that she is within her rights to do so since she is the one who is footing the bill for their cell phone service.
I own the phones, and I’m the one paying the bill. “I can look at them whenever I want,” she said. The way I run my ship may seem rude or intrusive to others, but that’s just the way I do business.
The mother of two began doing random, weekly inspections of her children’s electronic gadgets when they were 11 years old. These checks continued into their teenage years, and she periodically still asked for them.
Muse also said that she does her research to ensure her children are safe from internet predators and fraudsters, despite the fact that she trusts them implicitly.
The 41-year-old woman may be a mental health professional, but it doesn’t mean she hasn’t also fooled them. It was previously said that she discovered her son Cohen had been uploading shirtless photos of himself on the internet. Naturally, his mother caught him red-handed and had him erase the post.
We speak about it and make it into a learning opportunity if I uncover anything that is a problem, she said. It’s necessary to keep an eye on things; “I’m not perfect, and I don’t expect my children to be perfect.”
Not only does Muse utilise this controversial strategy to monitor her children, but so do other mothers.
There have been reports of other parents checking their kids’ phones for inappropriate content.
When one mother checked her 15-year-old son’s phone at six in the morning, she was shocked to find that he was sending sexually graphic photos of himself to his girlfriend. The tape included a TikTok sound that said, “I’m going to lose my s*** today,” and it showed her looking through her teen’s phone while massaging her forehead in apparent frustration.
Others criticised her lack of trust, while others praised the action and said they are doing the same thing.
My parents made the mistake of searching our phones often; I won’t make that mistake with my own children.
When asked how she taught her children to respect others’ personal space, the mother said, “Everyone has their own parenting style. To a certain degree, I am forgiving. I don’t condone the p***ing of children. They’re both minors, so it doesn’t matter.”
Still unimpressed, the mother responded, “No privacy when I pay his bills,” to the commenter who added, “Privacy is good, But the internet is DANGEROUS.”
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