Where do you draw the line with parental monitoring of childrens cell phones or laptops?

Cell Phone And Laptop Monitoring Software

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A recent article appeared in the Dayton Daily News titled “When do parents become ‘stalkers’”.   Monitoring software has its place but this parent appears to have misused the software’s intent heavy handedly on their “child” of University age by monitoring her laptop computer and cell phone with the cell phone and laptop tracking software.

21-year-old student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is making worldwide headlines after recently winning a stalking order against her parents in court. Her parents, David and Julie Ireland, confessed to installing monitoring software on her computer and phone.

The controlling parents face a stalking order and now can no longer have contact with their 21-year-old daughter before Sept. 23, 2013 and must keep a distance of 500 feet away from her

There were  a number of articles that appeared online and in the print media about this case of a overly protective and somewhat obsessive mother.

List of links:

  1. Parents hit with stalking order after spying on …
  2. Parents served a stalking order after monitoring …
  3. Helicopter parents
  4. Parents face stalking order after placing tracking …

Lets look at the question, What are helicopter parents?

Wikipedia describes a “helicopter parent” as:

Helicopter parent is a colloquial term for a parent who pays extremely close attention to their child’s or children’s experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions.

The term was originally coined by Foster Cline and Jim Fay.[1] Helicopter parents are so named because, like helicopters, they hover overhead. It has also been reported that some such parents get involved with their children’s salary negotiations.[2]

What do you think of cell phone tracking and location software?

We would love to hear your opinion regarding how far a parent should go in monitoring their children, teenager or in this case older child and use of their mobile phones using cell phone tracking software.

Here’s a small piece that raised the issues of ethics and parental monitoring of their child’s cell phones –  Child Cell Phone Monitoring

What are the ethics of cell phone monitoring within a family situation?

The ethics and legalities even procedures in a work place situation with employees?

Are you presently using cell phone monitoring software?

Where do you draw the line?

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