Do You Spy on Your Kids?

Did you hear the one about the teenager from China who sold one of his kidneys in order to buy an iPad2?

Unfortunately, it’s not a joke.

According to news reports, a 17-year-old boy from China turned to the Internet in his search for ways to score a new computer. While online the teen reportedly found an organ-selling agent who was willing to pay 3,400 American dollars for a kidney.

Chinese news agencies report that the boy took off from his home in the eastern Anhui province without his parents’ knowledge and traveled to a hospital in the city of Chenzhou in Hunan province where he underwent an operation to remove his kidney. Following the surgery the teen traveled back home with a new iPad2, an iPhone and a side full of stitches.

The boy’s mother told news reporters that she suspected something was wrong when her kid came home with the new high-tech gadgets and a massive bandage under his shirt. The teen reportedly spilled the beans about his unorthodox money-making scheme after his mother spotted his deep red scar. However, by then the man who had commissioned the organ removal was long gone and the hospital had no way of contacting him in order for police to conduct an investigation.

This is an extreme example of what can happen when teens are left unsupervised. Still, some parents question how they are expected to monitor their child’s every move without the help of 24/7 video surveillance.

Interestingly, I know of two families who have used home surveillance equipment to spy on their teenage kids. Neither regrets the decision, and to this day they maintain that hidden cameras are a simple yet effective way of alleviating some of the worry that comes with parenting teenagers.

Have you ever considered videotaping your kids without their knowledge?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.