Although this is an old thread I'm hoping someone can tell me whether there have been any mods released in the intervening year? I've done a search but no luck. I have learnt that messages can be read through the database but after a look in cpanel I chickened out. We've been running a site for adults on SMF for a couple of years and I wouldn't dream of trying to look at their messages but now we're putting together a site for the kids of our adult members. Because I'm used to SMF and like it it makes sense to stay with it but we reckon it'll be important to be able to check out the messages. We can foresee times when we are worried that a 'child' is actually an adult or we suspect that a particular kid is being picked on etc - things that aren't likely to be reported to a moderator. We would say quite clearly that staff can read messages. Someone on the SMF site suggested that it'd be easier to just disable pm but it seems a shame not to be able to offer the facility to our kids because of the off-chance of someone abusing the system.