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
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(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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Toon
Jul 23, 2011 1:40 PM CDT
When my kid is old enough, I will decidedly spy on them, openly, letting them know I care enough to still keep at least half an eye on them.
Holliday
Jul 23, 2011 11:47 AM CDT
Duuh. Of course. Kids don't use the phone to call any more, no one checks their voice mails, and texting has its limits. They don't print photos, just post them online. The best way to keep up with the kids and extended family is FB. I notice since the parents have joined the last coupla years, the youth are a bit more restrained. Well, some of them. Everyone knows it's used by potential employers, too, so the taming of FB by parents has been a welcome success to me. One thing about being a good creeper, I think, is not to interject with moralizing comments.
Psy Cada
Jul 18, 2011 1:34 PM CDT
Not surprising, parents let their government spy on them with it, why not use it to spy on their kids as well.