Majority of Parents Use Facebook to Spy

Some say they're overprotective of kids; others, just nosy
By M Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2011 12:16 PM CDT
Updated Jul 23, 2011 6:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you’re worried that your mom may be checking out your risqué Facebook photos, odds are you’re right. More than half of parents—some 55%—use social networks to keep tabs on their children, a survey finds. Another 5% would do so if they could figure out how, LaptopMag reports. Some 11% of parents joined Facebook just so they could check out their kids’ activities, while 13% are even sneakier: They spy on their kids through a friend’s account.

So why the poking around? Some 36% of parents blame it on being “overprotective,” and 24% said it was the only way they could find out what their kids were doing. Some 14% faulted their own nosiness, and about 6% said surfing the site allowed them to skirt “awkward” conversations with their kids.

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