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“I love Facebook,” my friend, mom of two teens, said recently. “It’s great for spying on my kids -- especially the photos they post!” She shared this secret with me as if it was really, really horrible. But it sounded pretty run-of-the-mill to me -- parents like to protect their kids from bullies, predators and, well, from growing up too fast. And being on the internet exposes them to all of that.
According to a recent survey of 1,000 parents, 10 percent of them admit to spying on their kids on Facebook by logging into their accounts. This goes further than just looking at their profiles (which 85 percent do at least once a week) -- it often means doing sneaky things to get their kids' password without their permission.
Teens are known for “putting it all out there” on Facebook, and it makes sense that parents would peek every now and then. (For my friend, it’s more like daily, but who’s counting?) The biggest drives for getting on their kids' accounts are to erase questionable content in status updates and to have other control of their kids’ accounts, says the survey. But secretly logging into their accounts to do so…or just to dig around? I’m sure most teens would feel that’s crossing a line. As for the parents who do it, I can't blame them. Honestly, I'm surprised it's not more than 10 percent!
Do you peek at your teens’ Facebook page? Ever log into her account? Chime in below!