I thought every electronic device I "owned" was being monitored by my parents. I found out that what I had developed is paranoia, and while I have learned to suppress it to a large extent, it put me way behind in socializing than I was before they searched my devices.
I was well liked and had many friends, but after my parents searched my electronics, I lack basic confidence and communication skills to mantain many relationships.
Parents: If you want to monitor your kid's cell phone without seeming intrusive, be honest about what you're doing and why.
Explain that your rules are for their safety and protection.
Although it is getting better, I can only imagine what my social life would be if the electronic search simply didn't happen.
So again, parents, please reconsider you decision and approach your child instead of surprising them.
I understand that some parents believe that because they paid for the phone, they have the right to read their child's text messages, look through their phone call records, social media accounts, and even read their search history. When I was on my computer and an icon briefly popped up on my toolbar only to then disappear (I realize now that this is normal), I thought that is was some type of software they had installed to monitor my usage.to this day, i have to take every backdoor just to do things like text my classmates about homework.my mom found out about some old things i used to do to get around her restrictions and she’s since tried her best to invade my privacy even more because she no longer trusts me (as if she trusted me in the first place).I am having to learn to hack so that I can keep some of my things on my phone private from my mom. I am the master of Duping my parents and I know what they will do in every scenario.I am constantly having to change my passcode for everything. My parents lack in consistency and do not enforce often.