A mom recently split the internet when she said that because she pays for her kids’ phones, she has the right to look through them.
Laura Muse said that she takes her 15-year-old son’s and 17-year-old daughter’s phones away before they go to bed so that they can get a good night’s sleep instead of being hooked on the internet.
Most people would expect her to put them away until morning, but this North Carolina mom spends some time going through them to make sure her teens are behaving.
The 41-year-old woman told The New York Post that she has the right to do it because she pays for their phones.
“Their phones are mine, and I pay for them. She said, “I can look at them whenever I want.” “Some people might think it’s rude or an invasion of their privacy, but that’s just how I run my ship.”
What started out as random, once-a-week checks when her kids were about 11 years old continued well into their teens, when the mother of two would sometimes still ask to look through their phones.
Muse also told the outlet that, even though she trusts her kids, she keeps an eye on them to make sure they don’t do anything wrong and to protect them from online predators and scammers.
But that doesn’t mean that the 41-year-old mental health worker hasn’t also caught them. In the past, it was said that she caught her son Cohen putting pictures of himself online without a shirt on. Of course, the mother with the sharp eyes made him delete the content.
“If I find something that is a problem, we talk about it and use it as an opportunity to teach,” she said. “I’m not perfect, and I don’t expect my kids to be either, but it’s important to keep an eye on things.”
Muse isn’t the only mom using this controversial way to keep an eye on their kids.
Other parents have gone back to looking through their kids’ phones to make sure nothing embarrassing is on there.
When a mother looked through her 15-year-old son’s phone at 6 a.m., she was shocked to find that he was sending his girlfriend naked pictures of himself. Using a TikTok sound that said “I’m going to lose my s*** today,” the clip showed her scrolling through her teen’s phone while rubbing her forehead and looking very angry.
Some people agreed with her because they do the same thing, but others said she didn’t trust anyone.
“One thing I won’t do with my kids that my parents did with me and my siblings is search their phones. They taught us that we should have some privacy,” one user wrote. The mom replied, “Everyone has their own way of raising children. I am lenient to an extent. I don’t think it’s okay for a child to p***. Even though they are both young, it doesn’t matter.”
“Privacy is good, but the Internet is DANGEROUS,” said someone else. Again, the mom said, “No privacy when I pay his bills,” which didn’t seem to bother her.