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N.Y. Senator Creates ‘How To Snoop On Kids’ Video

Concerned About Drugs, Guns? Sen. Adams Has A Solution

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — How do you know if your school age child is in possession of drugs or even a gun? A New York lawmaker is offering a video to instruct parents on how to go about looking for dangerous contraband in your home.

Imagine a gun in a lunch box, or drug paraphernalia stashed in a book bag. These are dangers a New York State senator said on Monday parents must watch for, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“Backpack, look through it to see if there’s something other than a book, like a crack pipe,” Sen. Eric Adams said.

Adams, a former police officer, said he regularly searches the room of his 15-year-old son. He has produced a video on YouTube to instruct parents on where to search and what to look for, like in a jewelry box.

“You don’t know what could be hidden,” Adams said.

On Fordham Road in the Bronx, each of the people Slattery spoke with thought parents should search a child’s domain, including a woman who said her son was shot to death at the age of 18.

“And I had no clue he was in a gang or doing things that other people, so we should be abreast of our children in today’s world,” the woman said.

But a level of trust must be established, said one psychologist, in which the child sees it as fair.

“Versus, you’re completely invading my privacy; and shuts down and makes it more secretive than I was before,” Dr. Jeffrey Gardere said.

The issue of snooping on your kids and whether it’s a good idea points once again that parenting is a vocation that is fraught with challenges.

The psychologist Gardere interviewed said one problem is that a youth who wants to keep contraband might just find another place to hide it, like at a friend’s house.

Do you agree or disagree with the intention behind the state senator’s video? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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  • DanTe

    Dear “Wild Bill”: Your comment makes too much sense and is too long. As you can see, the little sh\\ts here totally by passed it as it is beyond their attention span. Instead, they concentrate on the same old stupidity of “privacy”.

    Sadly, these little sh\\ts will spawn and spawn and spawn. This is where libturds come from.

  • Mr. Armenia

    This a a violation of the prvacy act

  • lotsoflaughs

    Funny stuff at

  • Kenny

    Wouldn’t that be considered an “invasion of privacy”? LOL.

  • W2

    Senator Eric Adams is to be commended for his attempts to save our children. As a mother of 3, I have made it very clear to my kids….I will, from time to time be looking…watching over your shoulder…in your personal space…because I love you. Even good kids, given an opportunity will make bad choices from time to time, and it’s part of my job to WATCH them ….closely. My husband and I will never allow a television or computer in the kids bedroom. We have three computers and several TVs, but they are all out in plain sight…in the common spaces of the home. There’s just too many ways for our kids to go the wrong way, So I’ll be watching, and in the end…..praying that God keeps my kids safe in every way.

  • Wild Bill

    My wife and I were considered strict parents when our kids were growing up. They knew we would take what ever it took to keep them safe from drugs and other criminal activities. We spanked their little butts when they were little and did something they shouldn’t. We didn’t beat them, we spanked them and at this date, they are both parents, too. Our strictness didn’t reqjire us to have to go through their rooms inspecting for drugs. They grew up, still loving us and being straight with us to this day and are using what we taught them to raise their own kids, who are also loving and obedient kids and are a joy to be around. Don’t lie to your kids. Be a role model for your kids. Don’t try to be their best buddy, be their parent. Provide for them with what they need, not what they want. Youngsters are born liberal and will stay that way, demanding, wanting, coniving, lying to get what they want unless you parent them properly. It worked for my parents and it worked for us. Try it. (But don’t spank them in public now a days or the libeals will be all over you.)
    It is a crying shame, but that is what parents have to deal with today.

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