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February 1st, 2011
06:38 AM ET

Sound off: Should parents spy on their kids?

New York State Senator Eric Adams has a message for parents: "There are no First Amendment rights (of free speech) inside your household."

That's what the 20-year veteran of the NYPD said in a video he posted on YouTube, explaining to parents the various ways they should be checking up on their kids. Some call it good parenting, while others call it spying.

In the video, the senator checks pillows, behind pictures, inside jewelry boxes and a doll's clothes inside his home, only to find hidden handguns, bullets, a crack pipe and a bag of what appears to be marijuana. His message is that evidence of trouble could be anywhere, and that it is parents' duty to check on their children and search their rooms, even if they object.

Alex Koroknay-Palicz, executive director of the National Youth Rights Association, says this could be dangerous and undermine parent-child trust. Sen. Adams is defending the video, saying we need to do more to stop illegal gun violence. Read more about the story here.

We talked about it this morning on "American Morning" but we want to hear from you. Do you think it's OK to spy on your kids?


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