Although privacy is considered a right under the law of the United States, it is a different case when it comes to raising children. In this case, privacy is a privilege that should be earned when children behave correctly. Parents should allow their teens to have freedom to a certain limit where they do not step over their teens' boundaries but to only interfere when they don't bring danger to themselves or their family members. To insure that today's teenagers are on the right track, parents should monitor their teens' actions to an extent.
As technology advanced, teenagers, now, have to deal more with great threats from the outside world that can endanger them. For example, teens, who haven't received guidance about sexual health by an informed adult, can access pornographic websites. This could physiologically affect them and teach them misconception. For instance, girls can grow up thinking it's alright to have sexual activities with many boys without using protection. Without a parental control, many teens would be confused about this issue. This is because they are constantly exposed to social media, strangers, anonymous text messages and emails. They can easily access these things by the tips of their fingers. According to www.meganmeierfoundation.org, among many adolescents, 61% have received mean or embarrassing posts online and 59% have received mean texts, e-mails or instant messages. By monitoring their teens, parents would be able to have easy access to stop before their teenagers start to self-harm or to have suicidal thoughts. Therefore, parents need to monitor their teenagers to protect them from these technological dangers.
Parents should monitor their teens to a certain limit where they don't step over the line for no reason. They also should not let their sons and daughters know that they are monitored, so they can behave normally. They should give their children room to make mistakes.