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Should Parents Go Through Contents Of Their Children's Mobile Phones?

I am wondering in this age of mobile phones how many parents take their time to ensure that their teenage or even younger children do not keep undesireable media in their mobile phones, like pictures, music or videos.

Today we have all kinds of material circulating the mobile phone world and can be transferred easily without physical connection of persons or devices.

What exactly should be the responsibility of parents and the extent of commitment to this kind of check if actually it is proper.

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Like kids havent been messing up before cell phones.

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Very soon your daughter will be shouting:

"Where is my privacy Mom"

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the kain thing wey mobile phone go do for this world, na only God know!

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actually it belongs to them, since it was given as a gift. 

that's actually sneaky, just be open with your children rather than playing tricks on them.

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michelin89

Are you saying mobile phones used by children shouldn't be checked at all? From what age do you think this should apply?

I agree they will see the unknown / fascinating things someday whether parents like it or not.

When children start saving these materials in their phones, I think that calls for concern.

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Ahahhahahahahaha! So typical of the so called adults.

When you can't answer you play the immaturity card. So just because i don't agree with you I am disrespecting you? Sorry but these tricks don't work with me.

As a child I find it very upsetting having my parents controlling my phone or my computer just because they bought it for me. If you can't let me use it the way I want then don't buy it and tell me it's mine. Rather tell me it's yours and I can use it from time to time.

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that is exactly what she was doing. I do it to my son all the time.

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Yes!

I ask 4 it & check it.

I have my daughter's password for her email. I check it regularly cuz she is in secondary school.

I know what teenage boys r like.

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I think that's what my mom was doing whenever she asked me to use my phone when hers was "dead". Mother mother!

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No wonder you are a child. Respect your elders young lady.

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As I said, you had better not buy it at all.

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so because i buy my child a TV i should not monitor what they watch on that TV.

Sweetie that is called PARENTING!!!!

Everything my child has actually belongs to ME. It is on loan to them.

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That's not reason enough. You can't buy a gift for someone and yet keep on nagging him on how they are supposed to use it. Before you bought it you should have made sure they were fully capable of handling it.

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I still do not understand why children need cellphones

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michelin89,

I think there are a lot of important reasons to have your child carry a mobile phone. I know some children have mobile phones in the boarding house. Lots of parents give these phoes to keep track of their children for security reasons.

Some parents get their children simple phones, like VISAPHONE type, no fancy, no memory cards or bluetooth connectivity, some parents get their children a bit advanced phones with all the good features.

When I was a teenager there were no mobile phones but I was very mature at heart. Today there is a lot of exposure to rotten material, via music used as ring tones, voice recordings, voice calls however cannot be avoided. Videos and internet.

Parents may not necessarily pay the all bills, people can send recharge numbers to anyone so it may not be a benchmark for checking the phones.

I know some teenagers receive "Good" mobile phones as gifts from relatives or friends even if their parents did not desire to buy them such phones.

I know of a case with some issues in a home over a mobile phone gift to a teenage girl, which was more serious than her elder brother's phone. It wasn't a pleasant experience for her either when their father decided to seize the phone to avoid all the controversy in the house.

However I think children's mobile phones should be checked by parents from time to time perhaps until they are above 15 yrs. Also it might be a good thing to restrict phone types to call and sms feature phones only. Visaphone and starcomms maybe.

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@ topic

Why buy the phone in the first place?

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I would hate to betray my child's trust.

But I guess it's a

"Child, before I get you this phone, I want you to know that I will go through it periodically."

kind of thing.

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well u have a right to go through the phones especially if you are paying the cell phone bill

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i go thru my sons phone all the time to review what he has on there.

But i also have a GPS locator on his phone and can locate him anywhere.

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This is surely an eye opener oh.

But the parents gotta be careful too, cos they dont wanna drive the kids away too, i think the secret is to be the best of the kid and share minds and thoghts and they will be close enuf to you to share all things together.

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you are right o,one sunday sunday, i saw about five girls in one corner giggling so i went to them and collected the phone to see what was so funny, i even thought it was maybe funny or gossip text message, but when i saw it, it was a short clips of skeletons doing each other, the skeleton had real bosoms and the man skeleton had live manliness too lol and it was supposed to be funny, i was gutted, they were about 9 and 10 years old, i asked them where they got it from, she said people were sending it in school, i think all parent should be aware of that, when you see children with phones, its for security/entertainemnt only, no one thinks out of the box

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