How much privacy is appropriate for teenagers?

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How much privacy is appropriate for teenagers?

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I think for teenagers the right to privacy, it’s a little bit subjective. But they’re living in your house, they’re under 18 years old – they’re a minor, so you’re in charge of them, so their privacy is subjective in the fact of how much you’re going to let them have. My kids have Facebook pages, cell phones. They have a lock for a little lockbox they have and I have access to all that information. I have my son put it in a little envelope and I have it on the back of the bulletin board behind my calendar and if I need it, I can get it. But I don’t go in there and I don’t look at his Facebook page and check his cell phone texts. A lot of that has to do with trust – they do need some privacy. I don’t want to know everything they’re doing and they clearly don’t want to know everything I’m doing, but it’s to keep them safe, they’re a part of your house and they’re a minor and you’re responsible for them, so privacy – it has its limits.
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Patty Robinson Smith is a California native from Riverside. She is happily married to a former professional volleyball player, they have three sons together. Patty also has a twin brother. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, playing beach volleyball and tennis. But most of all, Patty enjoys spending time with her family and being a mother.

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