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Keeping tabs on your children

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Remember when reading their diary or snooping through their drawers was good enough?

Online and in daily life, more parents are setting up elaborate surveillance systems, starting in the crib with nanny cams to cameras made to look like functional cell phone chargers.

Software like Minor-Monitor and opendns.com can help you track what kids are doing on Facebook and Twitter.

No parents' top secret '007 spy kit' would be complete without a few spy cameras. They come in all shapes and sizes and they don't just record video but also stream live to mobile devices like phones and tablets.

Brickhouse Security has a virtual spy factory for sale: cameras, GPS trackers, and more.

Dr. Jeff Gardere, a psychologist, says being too invasive has consequences because you can destroy that trust you may have built with your child. That is why he says parents should be up front about monitoring and what the expectations of a given household are.

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