More than half of parents use Facebook to snoop

More than half of parents use Facebook to snoop on their children

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By Mike Flacy
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In a recent survey of 2,000 parents by LAPTOP Magazine, fifty-five percent of parents admitted to using Facebook for digital snooping into the lives of their children. Another five percent would use Facebook if someone taught them how to utilize it. The most common tactic for the digital snooping is checking out the most recent status updates. Other methods of spying on their children included reading  posts on the wall as well as checking out pictures that have been tagged with the child's name. Technically-savvy parents have even logged into a friend's account to gain more access into their child's digital life.

Another 11 percent of the parents polled have only created an account for the sole reason of tracking their children. Of the parents that attempted to send a friend request to their child, approximately four percent of those parents were denied. When asked why they used Facebook to spy on their children, 24 percent of parents claimed that it was the only way to find out what the child was doing. Fourteen percent described themselves as being "nosey" while a larger 36 percent of parents preferred the term "overprotective".

While the behavior is obviously invasive, a recent study by Consumer Reports in June found that there are over seven million children under the age of 13 on Facebook. Of that group, five million of those children are under the age of ten and rarely received any parental supervision while on the site. While Facebook's official policy only allows people ages 13 and up to use the social networking service, the age gate to becoming a member can easily be falsified to open an account. Only 18 percent of the parents with children 10 and under on Facebook made the child their Facebook friend to monitor the page. Even fewer parents (10 percent) sat down with their kids to have a serious discussion on the safety of social networks and the Internet.

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