The Secret Lives of Teens Part Two
By: CJ Cassidy
By: CJ Cassidy
Monday on Heartland News at 5, we showed you new ways of tracking your kids online to keep them safe.
Tuesday, we uncover how kids feel when they're under the parental microscope.
One teen says at first, he felt his parents violated his privacy.
Most kids may agree, but first some video we found online shows firsthand the kind of trouble kids can get into when they have free access to the Internet.
Prank calls can be funny, but sometimes go too far.
"When you post it online, thousands of people can see it, millions, that's not really cool," said Brian Leirer, manager at the Cape Girardeau Pizza Hut.
He was in for a rude surprise when he realized he's been the butt of some prank callers' jokes many times. And he isn't thrilled by their promise to post more clips of their antics on YouTube.
"If they continue to post them online, where it becomes an issue, it doesn't seem right. That would cover harassment in my book," Leirer said.
We couldn't get in touch with the pranksters or their parents, but some police officers who saw this video say these kids could use some monitoring.
Travis Herbst, 15, knows all about being watched. His parents have monitored his online activities for years.
"I was kind of mad about it, but then I'd just get on my sister's computer, and go on Facebook and stuff like that," Travis said.
He explains his parents use software programs to keep him out of certain Web sites.
"For one thing most of these sites are illegal for people under 18, and they can bring viruses on the computer," he said.
Now, Travis says after what feels like a lifetime of being "spied" on, he knows better than to post videos like this online.
"People can find out. You know you shouldn't be on those sites. It's wrong," he said.