In a world where apps cater to all sorts of needs, the new trend is the one's exclusively made for parents to look after their kids. As sweet as that may sound, the way they go about it is a little questionable.
Geo trackers, message readers, and essentially privacy hackers are the kind of apps that are now in the market for parents to check on their children and make sure they're safe. But is this really what will help?
Many children under the age of 18 seem to hide things from their parents - boyfriends, locations and pictures, all of which are validly enough, a parents concern. But is spying on them and attacking their privacy a good method to avoid all the secrets and confidentiality?
Most children usually have trust issues when it comes to their parents because of this over-the-top protective behavior.
We spoke to some people to see what they thought about these apps and methods to find out what they think.
"I can see where they are coming from. The fact that they need to check on their child like that, shows that they don't trust their child. The fact that parents think it's a good idea to invade their child's privacy is the problem itself. This is why their children hide things from them in the first place." said Ishanee, 20.
"That's bad. It's a no-no. Parents do it to keep their child safe, but children become more adventurous and wild when parents invade their privacy or behave too strictly." Pranay, 24, told us.
"I know if I had a child I would be very concerned about their safety and whereabouts, but I know that not giving children their space and privacy isn't the answer to that. It's important to have a healthy and trusting relationship with your child, hijacking their personal space isn't the way to do it." Nivedita, 23, said.
While it's true that parents are most innocently concerned about their child, protecting them and sheltering them from the real world doesn't teach them anything.
"Overprotectiveness at any age, with any person, is annoying and unwelcome. So, when parents do it, it becomes even more irritating and troublesome. I think using apps to check on your children is something a spy would do. Parents are our role models, our inspirations, when they do something like that it is unsettling." Priya, 27, said.
Parents will always have weird ways of showing love and care, but maybe using spying apps and geo trackers isn't the best way to do it.