I personally think parents shouldn't be able to snoop through children's personal live and read there messages. It's a privacy issue and most people talk about stuff that they wouldn't want shared. Parents may think that there seeing what their kid is doing but what their actually doing is reading the opposing texters information, and that's not a right of passage i think they should have
If the parent of the teenager is still paying for their phone bill, they should have every right to go through their child's phone. If their parent is paying for their phone bill, I feel like they should be able to go through their text messages and phone calls. They have the audacity to keep check of their child/children, and/or make sure they aren't doing anything they aren't supposed to. Having a parent or guardian go through your phone also insures that the child has nothing to hide or isn't sexting of any type. In many cases, the parent is still paying for their child's phone. Unless you pay for your own phone bill, then your parent or parents shouldn't be snooping around your cellular device and look through your personal things. If the parent is paying for the phone bill, then it is their personal things too.
A child has a right to privacy and regardless of if the parents do or don't respect that they should just have to deal with it. If its so necessary for a parent to feel that they need to check up on their child's messages or phone calls they shouldn't of given them the phone in the first place. It would be setting their child up for failure. Why give something to your kid if you don't trust them with it, and of course when there is no trust their jus going to find a away around doing whatever a parent thinks.... So if they check a phone and don't find anything their child is going to feel as if their doing something wrong and eventually will do something wrong. What if another child/teenager came to a kid with a problem and their parent found out it would be a invasion of privacy for child that is not theirs which means they would be knowing information that wasn't meant for them to know.