After reading this thread started by writer Ed O’Loughlin, or @edoloughlin on Twitter, I am sleeping with one eye open if I’m in a house with kids. They simply can’t be trusted. At a certain age, children have many of the skills necessary to do what adults can in relation to technology. Maybe even better, since we’re all dinosaurs. But they have much less impulse control. Beware and watch your Apple ID!
O’Loughlin says his youngest daughter hacked the parental control on Netflix with a very simple trick. She greased the buttons and when he input the code, she was able to see what four buttons got pushed. Then she tried all the combos later until she figured it out.
My youngest hacked our Netflix parental code. She put light grease on the remote and got me to input the code when she wasn’t looking. Then she noted the numbers I’d pressed and went through the combinations later. I’m both frightened and impressed.
— Ed O’Loughlin (@edoloughlin) September 6, 2020
What was she so desperate to watch? Umbrella Academy, which he said elsewhere in the thread is something she’s allowed to watch anyway. She did it for the pure thrill of espionage.
To everyone who’s asked, she is 12, and she wanted to watch Umbrella Academy
— Ed O’Loughlin (@edoloughlin) September 8, 2020
Some parents said they set up these types of challenges deliberately, almost as a test or incentive for figuring out life:
It crossed my mind to have a ‘forbidden bookshelf’ of subversive literature kept ‘secure’ with a padlock. Then even more tantalizing books secured with a better padlock. The book on lockpicking would have a lockpick set with it and be on a normal bookshelf.
— eliomen (@eliomen) September 7, 2020
But a lot more have been completely bamboozled many times by their spawn. The replies were full of stories of crafty children pulling one over on adults. Some were both annoyed and proud of their own babies’ sabotage. Others bragged about what they got away with as kids. No one who reads these will ever underestimate a child again:
My 6 year old grandson cracked his Mom’s phone by watching her enter the code in the reflection on her glasses. Then linked it to another device and read her text messages for weeks. He is 8 now. They change passwords weekly.
— Rick the LSU fan (@Tgerfan54) September 6, 2020
My 2 year old can pick simple locks with her cute hair clips.
So I’d like to know how old your youngest is, so I know how long I might be able to maintain an illusion of control in my household.
— Lee Brontide (@AmmoniteInk) September 7, 2020
I shared this with my oldest daughter and she told me it reminded her of my younger daughter.
Apparently she once asked me for the access code while I was asleep, and I told her.
I do not remember this!
— Dr. Pepper’s Husband (Kee Hinckley) (@nazgul) September 7, 2020
My son used my fingerprint to open my phone while I slept 😂
— Katherine Trill (@KittyTrill) September 7, 2020
Our then-15 y.o. social engineered my husband by saying his phone wifi access didn’t work and using my husband’s phone to “check the issue”. He added himself as a wifi admin so he could disable restrictions each night. All summer he played games until 4am until I found him out.
— Kristen Pol (@kristen_pol) September 7, 2020
Very, very impressive. My son ran two school planners – one with all of his good comments and one with his bad ones. Guess which one we got to see…?🤔
— David ‘Carajo’ Forest (@discodaveforest) September 7, 2020
by age 8 I knew all our ATM PIN numbers by watching them from the backseat at the drive-thru ATM
I would breathe condensation on the window to write them down & got caught
Mom was very mad we had been driving around town with our ATM pins written on the back seat window
— Kickiniteasy (@kickiniteasy) September 7, 2020
My nephew installed facebook, signed up himself and went live and his only 5 years..after being caught he said Instagram was tricky pic.twitter.com/bBao3N8Ab1
— Consi 💦💦💦 (@Leeyandah3) September 7, 2020
25 years ago, before internet, my son was 14. He lied about his age, ordered computer parts by phone and COD. The parts would show up before I got home. He built his own computer in our basement. I had no idea until his sisters let me know. He owns his own computer company now.
— Laura Zinszer (@lzapp16) September 8, 2020
When my chn were 2&3 I put chocolate decorations near the top of the Christmas tree to stop them being eaten. One day I found my 3yo on a chair passing each chocolate down to my 2yo to put in a plastic bowl. I wasn’t sure whether to tell them off or praise their teamwork 😂.
— Dr Vicki M (@vickisess) September 7, 2020
Cut from the same cloth as my devious youngest daughter. She handed me the controls when I was sat with my back to the window at night so she could see the reflection. I think she was about 7 at the time. Now she’s 16 I sleep with one eye open.
— Marie McCabe (@mjmacc) September 7, 2020
My friend’s daughter took the iPad into their room for the unlock and recorded it on the family’s Mac in real time. My daughter told me and I thought it was too clever to rat her out. Kids are gonna find a way.
— kamknauss (@mamakamkamk) September 7, 2020
Ha ha. My old school trick for the many notes home for bad behaviour was to trace a map of Ireland on grease proof paper, add all the rivers and what not then grade it as an A+ exam then ask a parent to sign it. Voila traced signature at the ready!
— contenta at home (@joyredmond) September 6, 2020
I was smarter than that 😂 I hacked my moms email then proceeded to email the attendance office when I wanted to walk home early 😂 my mom never found out and I left early a lot
— Dani 🥰 (@dani_b1_) September 8, 2020
the funny part is that I only found out when I discovered a bunch of 3″ square pieces of printed discard pages in cleaning out a random drawer. I had actually read enough of the novel to recognize it in order to go to my library of 1000s and find it.
— Cabarle (@sharperlee) September 7, 2020
And heres me….
My mom put a very weirdass password with Caps, small, numbers and symbols on my tablet and only allowed me for 30 mins daily…
One fine day, i thought fuck game, I’ll try find a solution for this shit… My genius ass found out what a keylogger is that day…
— Pekk | Aastik bewafaa hai and 100 others (@ImConfusdAsBuck) September 7, 2020
These babies go mad for peppa pig
— melissa (@MeLiissaVALEN) September 8, 2020
I took my daughter’s phone away it was after hours but I let her say goodbye, 2 hours later heard her voice so I went to her room. She had taken her sim card out of phone and put in an old phone to continue talking, it never would have occurred to me… Trickery Genius!
— eve cas (@Lady_Ecas) September 8, 2020
My son got into my phone and added his fingerprint to the touch settings so he would download apps to his iPad when I was sleeping and be able to approve them from my phone. Had same mixed reaction, pissed but proud.
— Sandy – Lucky Ducky (@lddbaby) September 6, 2020
My two little ones cracked the combo on the lock for the Happy Meal toys display while I was in line ordering food. Turned around and they were standing on either side of it looking guilty as hell. I walked up to them and they opened it to show me.
— 🇵🇹🇺🇸 Suzanne Scott 🧢🙃 (@SuzanneNotSue) September 8, 2020
That is next level, Enigma grade misdirection.
— Ed O’Loughlin (@edoloughlin) September 8, 2020
Kid’s going places! In high school I would write “permission slips” to “go to the library w my English class” in pencil, have my mom sign them, erase everything but her signature and then write an excuse for being absent the day before. Finally got caught. I did it way too much.
— Time’s-A-Wastin (@TracyLBaker1) September 8, 2020
I did simething similar circa ‘01 when I was 10-12 yo. I opened a word document and had the window active while the dial-up commection intrrface was shown on-screen. My mother always typed while looking at the keyboard, she typed the password and voila hidden word document had it
— Virus (@Varia_Virus) September 8, 2020
lol …. my parents once tried locking our sega controllers away in an old safe. sadly for them, my brother and I learned from computer games that you can open some safes by turning the dial and listening for the click. it works haha
— Manic 🏳️🌈 @ liddat lah (@manic_intent) September 8, 2020
Mine did that at 6 but for a good cause. He called my best friend to ask if she had anything planned for my birthday that day.
— Megan Shable “Unprecedented” (@MeganShable) September 7, 2020
When I got a new phone, I told my boys (5 & 11) they could keep my old one for playing games at home.
Before I even knew he took it out of my nightstand drawer, he had changed the screen lock code, removed my fingerprint, and added his own. 😳
— Hurricane Warning🐞 (@toomanycommas3) September 8, 2020
Uhh, our kids figured out it was possible to have PayPal dual authentication go to a phone other than the primary on the account…
Not to mention getting cc info through browser auto fill…
— sever micha (@mijosev) September 7, 2020
My 5yr old son said he tried different combinations he thinked with his brain. Bruteforced my samsumg s9. Got up on a sunday to him watching Boss Baby pic.twitter.com/Iz6OKkxD9k
— Mohamed Afzal Mulla (@tweetzal) September 8, 2020
had this app where he stored all his passwords, the app was password protected too but i could use my fingerprint to unlock it. after unlocking the app, i found his apple id passcode. i wasted hundreds of dollars on my game. my dad found out and i lied to him that i never did
— lillith ♡ (@lightlillith) September 8, 2020
— Nyachae Victor (@TrueNyachae) September 7, 2020
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