Mom Says She’s Allowed To Snoop Through Her Kids’ Phones Because She Pays For Them

Recently, a mother caused controversy online when she said that since she is the one who pays for her children’s phones, she is entitled to go through them.

In order to prevent her 15-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter from being addicted to technology, Laura Muse has openly acknowledged taking their phones away from them before bed.

But one North Carolina mother spends some time checking through them to make sure her teens are acting appropriately, when most people would expect her to put them away until the next morning.

The 41-year-old stressed in an interview with The New York Post that she is authorized to use their phones because she pays for them.

“I bought their phones, and I own them. They are there for me to review at any time, she added. “People may believe [it] is disrespectful or a violation of their privacy, but this is how I handle my ship,” the ship’s captain said.

The mom-of-two still periodically asks her children for their handheld gadgets to look over, continuing what began as sporadic, weekly inspections when they were approximately 11 years old.

Muse further disclosed to the source that, despite her confidence in her children, she still conducts checks to keep them from indulging in improper activities and to shield them from internet predators and fraudsters.

However, that doesn’t mean the 41-year-old – who is a mental health clinician – hasn’t also caught them out. In the past, it was reported that she caught her son, Cohen, posting shirtless pictures of himself online. Of course, the hawk-eyed mama got him to delete the content.

“If I do find something that’s an issue, we talk about it and turn it into a teachable moment,” she added. “I’m not perfect, I don’t expect my children to be perfect, but it’s important to keep an eye on things.”

And Muse isn’t the only mom who’s using this controversial method to keep an eye on their kids.

Other parents have also reverted to snooping through their children’s phones to make sure that there’s nothing compromising on there.

One outraged mother discovered that her 15-year-old son was sharing explicit pictures of himself with his girlfriend while she looked through his phone at six in the morning. Using a TikTok sound that stated “I’m going to lose my s*** today”, the clip showed her in action scrolling through her teen’s phone while rubbing her forehead, clearly frustrated.

While some people supported the move, stating that they’re also doing the same, others criticized her lack of trust.

“One thing I will do that my parents did with us was never search my kids phones. They instilled the whole we deserve some amount of privacy,” one user wrote to which the mom replied back saying: “Everyone has their own parenting style. I am lenient to an extent. Child p*** is not okay in my book. Down [sic] not matter that they are both minors.”

Another commentor said: “Privacy is good, But the internet is DANGEROUS” and again, the unfazed mom replied back saying: “No privacy when I pay his bills.”