I have a teenaged daughter, and as a father, this is a really stressful moment in my life. I think we all tended to go through a rebellious phase when we were in our teens, but thankfully most of us were able to make our way through it unscathed and without any sorts of permanent consequences for some of the things that we did. Unfortunately, times are changing, and kids really are not the same as they were when I was younger. Also, because the world has become so connected thanks to the internet and smartphones, there are many dangers out there that did not exist back when I was a kid. Really, to me, it seems as though drugs and alcohol are a whole lot more prevalent amongst teenagers now than they were back then, and I have recently found myself worrying that my daughter had become involved in drugs.
I had no way to prove this, but her actions had changed dramatically almost immediately, and so I really did not know how to deal with it or what to do. Thankfully, a friend of mine pointed me in the direction of spy texts apps that will allow you to monitor your child’s text messages in order to see what kinds of things they are doing. I was a little bit wary of the idea of spying on my daughter at first, but I also needed to do something in order to ensure myself that she was not getting involved in any sort of really bad activities that could end up hurting her for years to come. Obviously, privacy is very important to teenage girls, and that is the reason that I was originally resistant to the idea of using one of these apps in order to look over her messages. However, the more I thought about it, the more I knew that I had to do something in order to make sure that she was okay.
So, I went ahead and installed the app and began checking it regularly. She did not know that I was using it, and I made sure to only try and look for things that were related to really bad actions rather than trying to just see the sorts of gossip and other things that she and her friends were talking about. I monitored her phone for about a month, simply trying to make sure that she was not discussing doing drugs or anything else on her phone.
Well, I am happy to report that I never found any evidence that she was ever involved in any of these sorts of activities, and that is something that really made me feel a whole lot better as a parent. I went ahead and removed the app, as I am satisfied that my daughter is not involved in drugs, and I really do not want to violate her privacy anymore. Now I just have to figure out her recent attitudes.