Genius Mom Uses Selfies to Check Her Daughter's Whereabouts and the Internet Can't Deal


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Parenting gets extra tricky when it comes to raising teenagers. We want to trust our kids, of course, but we were also young once ourselves -- we know the very specific brands of mischief teens can get into. That's why one mom came up with a genius "hack" she uses to make sure her teen isn't lying about her whereabouts. But the Internet is torn over whether or not her methods are way too invasive.

  • Heather Steinkopf makes her 18-year-old daughter, Kaelyn, take highly specific selfies as "proof of life" when she's out with her friends.

    The mom's method went viral when Kaelyn shared screenshots of a text message conversation with her mom on Twitter. In the text convo, Steinkopf not only asks her daughter to take a photo but instructs her to do it with her friend, Stevie, and with both of them giving a thumbs-up.

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  • Ultimately, Steinkopf wasn't happy with the image she got from her first request, so she upped the ante.

    "With the light on," the mom demanded. And, of course, her daughter complied.

  • But, Steinkopf still wasn't satisfied. "I think you cropped Stevie in," she responded. "Get on her back and take another."

    There's a method to this mom's madness, of course. As she tells BuzzFeed, she asks for specific poses so Kaelyn can't send an old photo of herself with her friends and try to pass it off as one she just took.

    Steinkopf also says she requests the selfies sporadically, so her daughter "never knows" when she'll have to send one.

  • In other words, don't try to pull a fast one on this mom.

  • Unsurprisingly, when Kaelyn's texts from her mom started going viral, people had mixed reactions. Some were like, "OMG, do we have the same mom?"

  • But, not everyone felt so warm and fuzzy. Some considered the texts a major violation of trust and rude to boot.

  • For the record, Steinkopf tells BuzzFeed she trusts Kaelyn and only asked for more photos because "it was more fun to keep her doing different things."

    As parents, we do what we have to do to keep our kids safe. And, if we have a little fun in the meantime? Even better.