Using the internet to check on your kids

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There is no Fourth Amendment right to privacy. As a prosecutor, as a mom, I urge parents to snoop on their kids. I urge parents to look at what's going on online, to read their posts, to look through their phone. The only way that you can figure out what your kids are doing is to take the information that you garner online and connect that with what you see in real life. I can tell you, for me, when my step-son started dating; he was acting a little bit weird and he was wearing a turtle neck. All of a sudden, I was like, "Okay. That's a little bit strange, what's going on?" All I needed to do was go over to Facebook to realize that he had a girlfriend and he had a hickey on his neck. I didn't need to have even one conversation before I was able to connect what was happening in real life and what was going on online, and put them together to be able understand what was happening. We, as parents, have the opportunity now, with the internet with technology, to know more about our kids than our parents ever had. Our parents would have to rely on snooping via journals or snooping based on what they overheard on the phone or the back of a carpool lane. Now you can hear that information and do some additional fact-checking with what's going on online. Be able to get into the minds and brains of our kids to really know what's going on.

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Robin Sax

Attorney & Legal Analyst

Robin is a legal analyst for Fox11 Los Angeles (KTTV). She appears there daily offering legal insight and analysis as well as parenting and safety expertise.  She also regularly contributes her legal and parenting expertise to The TODAY Show, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, CNN, and HLN. She covers both the unknown and known high profile cases including Conrad Murray, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Casey Anthony, Jaycee Dugard, OJ Simpson and many more.

Robin is also a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney and Riverside County Deputy District Attorney who specialized in sex crimes against children. For over 15 years she prosecuted some of the most despicable defendants who committed the most heinous crimes, prosecuting hundreds of felony crimes including homicides, stalking, domestic violence, child sexual assault, and gang crimes. 

She is an author who has penned six books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Criminal Justice System and Predators and Child Molesters:  A Sex Crimes DA Answers 100 of the Most Asked Questions all of which draw on her vast experience as a prosecutor and victim right's advocate. Her powerful insights have regularly graced the pages of The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, People Magazine, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Los Angeles Times and the Women in Crime Ink blog.

In addition to advising numerous legal foundations, Robin regularly shares her valuable insight and expertise through speaking and teaching with members of the FBI, Los Angeles Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, and the California District Attorney’s Association. Robin has served as adjunct professor of Women and Crime at Cal State Los Angeles and lecturer on criminal law and the justice system in UCLA’s Paralegal Training Program.

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