LANSING, Mich. (WILX)- A heads up for parents! You might not know it, but you could end up in jail for eavesdropping on your child's conversations from a landline phone.
So many parents might pick up another line in the house to see who their child is talking to, but listening in on a call is a felony punishable by up to two years behind bars and a $2,000 fine.
However, a Republican lawmaker wants to change that. State Representative Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township), introduced a bill last week that would give parents exemption from the eavesdropping law.
Lucido tells the Detroit Free Press, a parent can check their child's cell phone or read their text messages to see who they are communicating with and not face any charges. He believes they should also be able to pick up on a landline conversation their child is having as well.
Lucido writes on Facebook:
A few points regarding this bill:
1. The Court of Appeals noted that the legislators needed to fix the eavesdropping statutes when it came to parents and their minor children.
2. Parents are responsible for caring for their child until they are 18 and can be held responsible for some legal actions their child commits until they are 17.
3. Parents have a duty and responsibility to protect their children from themselves and others.
4. Everyone from the Attorney General to the Sheriff to Parent Experts and of course parents themselves, are strong advocates to remain vigilant to what their child is doing when it comes to technology including phones, social media, and other communication devices.