Worried about your child being upset about this invasion of privacy? Rest assured, according to Trease Petersen, youth intervention specialist with the Davis Police Department, says not to worry:
Instead of seeing it as an invasion of privacy, kids who have nothing to hide, hide nothing.Also, think of it this way:
"When kids are not using, they don't have a problem proving they're not using," said Dawn DiRaimondo, a Sacramento psychologist specializing in adolescent and family therapy. "When kids are using, they throw out, 'You don't trust me' – which is often a smokescreen."The great news about this logic is that it can be used in other convenient ways too. If your partner isn't cheating on you, he shouldn't mind proving it by agreeing to occasional lie-detector tests or swabs for DNA samples. If your friend isn't stealing from you, she shouldn't have any problem with you giving her a quick pat-down as she leaves your house. If you live this way, you never have to trust anyone. Just insist on proof of everything, randomly of course, and assume that if someone voices displeasure at your lack of trust, it must be because he or she is lying to you.
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