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The Question:

Should parents respect kid's privacy? Do they have a right to snoop in your bedroom, listen to your phone calls or eavesdrop?

Kids'perts Say:

"Yes, they should respect our privacy. Parents have the right to search through your room, listen to phone calls, etc. if they're suspicious, of course. I don't think they should do it on a regular basis though, no. We need some privacy..then again we need to be protected to some extent too I guess. "...Luvs...(12) USA

It's all cool :)

I think if they have a GOOD reason to suspect something, like you haven't been acting like yourself, or something to that effect, then they should ask you NOT snoop and if you won't talk they can do a little snoopy, personally if it's not an issue of the parent just not trusting there kid, then they don't have the right to snoop. I think listening in on phone calls is a bit much, so is eavesdropping, but like I said before, it should be with good reason if you do. ....FBG (12) USA

"No. I have my own privacy, and I am so grateful for that. I don't think parents have the right to snoop at all. I think parents can do drug tests and stuff, but a kids room is a kids room. My mind only wavers on that if the parents are like 95% sure the kid is doing something illegal. I think that kids that do stupid stuff don't deserve the trust of thier parents.....Maggie (17) Canada

"Snooping in your bedroom is fine if they suspect something, or they're cleaning it for you :) But listening to your phone calls and eavesdropping should only be used if you KNOW something's going on. There's a limit to how much you can invade your child's privacy depending on the situation. If you snoop just for the heck of it, that's just wrong. You give your child the impression that you don't trust them anymore, and that can hurt."....Calm (14) Canada

"I would be extremely upset if I found out that my parents had been eavesdropping or going through my stuff. I'm not doing anything illegal or immoral and have given them no reason to pry like that. I believe that if a child has earned trust, there is no need to breach that trust without cause."...AG (15) USA

"I think it all depends on the circumstances. If parents suspect a child is involved in drugs or something like that, then yes, I do think parents should investigate in order to protect their children. But in most cases if they want to know what is going on in their child's life, it is better to just ask."...Sam (15) UK

"My father installed one of those computerspy things so that he can monitor what we do and say on the computer. I don't really have anything to hide, but it is still an invasion of privacy and I hate it. Of course, children have no say..."....Lise (16) Canada

"NO!!! I don't think it is ok for parents to search through YOUR room. I have never given my parents any reason to feel that they need to search it, but my step-mother is always going through my stuff and then giving me a hard time about stupid things she sees. Like yesterday while I was at work she looked throught my laundry hamper(I do my own laundry). Then she has been yelling at me that she want every peice of it done now or she is throwing my clothes (that I paid for) away, and I am grounded. Now does that sound fair to you? So in anwser to your qustion, No I don't think they have the right to go through MY PERSONAL things!!!"....Ash

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