Bill Would Let Parents Peek at Kids' Texts
Arizona lawmaker pushes for change
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2012 6:58 PM CST

(Newser) – An Arizona lawmaker wants to force cell phone companies to let parents read their kids' phone texts, reports the Arizona Republic. State Sen. Rich Crandall says his motive is safety, not snooping. "If I have a 13-year-old being harassed via text, I can't call and get those texts," he said. "This bill will allow me to at least pay to see the text messages for my children." He got it passed in committee, but it still must clear the full Senate before heading to the House.

That may not be easy. The wireless industry made clear it opposes the move, in part because such a measure might violate federal privacy law. And a fellow Republican lawmaker voted against it, not that her rationale will cheer up teens worried about prying eyes: "Why don't you take a flashlight and go in the closet and read the texts?" she asked.

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Mar 14, 2012 11:59 AM CDT
You don't need to always rely on an app if you want to read your kids messages - you can exert some phone control without them even knowing it and I say from personal experience. First off, if you as a parent give your child a phone then you have to expect that they will demand some privacy the same way you would and it's a common argument I have with my son who is 14. I trust him, but I still realize he's a kid so I tried to create a fail safe to control his usage without stopping it all together and I recommend it. I moved him from our contract carrier to a large, prepaid company called Tracfone that a friend of mine recommended from her son - the phones operate on restricted aircards that must be uploaded on a tri-monthly basis or sooner. So, I've uploaded 300 minutes/texts for him for the enxt few months and we'll see how he uses them considering if he runs out of either, the phone will not work. I think my friend had a very creative solution to allow your kid to have a phone and use it in a smart way.
Feb 29, 2012 7:50 PM CST
Why shouldn't parents know as much about their kids as Mark Zuckerburg and the CIA/NSA?
Feb 29, 2012 2:58 PM CST
This is retarded. If you really, really want to see your kid's text messages, there's an app for that.