Should Parents Hack their Kids' Social Media?

Jul 10, 2014

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Sure, you’re kids are physically at home in their rooms. But where are they virtually?

With their computers and laptops, kids have access to almost anyone, able to say almost anything. This can make parents feel alluded and confused.

James Batelli, police chief of Mahwah, N.J., suggests that parents should not be waiting around wondering. He suggests that parents should take action and employ any tactics to spy or monitor their kids.

Batelli, a father to a teenage daughter himself, states that the worst mistake parents can make is to remain in the dark.

“If you sugar-coat it, parents just don’t get it. Read the paper any day of the week and you’ll see an abduction [or] a sexual assault that’s the result of an Internet interaction or a Facebook comment,” he said.

Spyware is appropriate, if not necessary in Batelli’s view.  He believes parents should feel comfortable with monitoring their kids’ virtual activity and hacking passwords to social media networks like Facebook.

In fact, Batelli’s detectives offer free seminars that inform parents about installing spyware on their home computer devices.

While schools, companies, and governments in Pennsylvania employ the same spying tactics with their pupils and employees, it seems that Batelli is merely following fashion.

“If it means buying an $80 package of software and putting it on and seeing some inappropriate words you don’t want your child to say. Then that’s part of society,” Batelli explained to NBC New York.

Another challenge facing parents is the fact that kids are more inclined to be computer savvy.  Something to help parents with monitoring online safety is Net Nanny Social. The software can assist parents in monitoring the information, comments, and chats that children share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+.