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If Your Kid Had a Facebook Account, Would You Snoop?

by Jeana Lee Tahnk


If Your Kid Had a Facebook Account, Would You Snoop?

If you answered yes, you’re in the company of 55 percent of parents who responded to a recent BullGuard study saying that they “keep an eye” on their child’s Facebook profile by checking their status updates, wall posts and tagged photos.

If you answered yes, you’re in the company of 55 percent of parents who responded to a recent BullGuard study saying that they “keep an eye” on their child’s Facebook profile by checking their status updates, wall posts and tagged photos.

In the study of 2,000+ parents in the UK, 11 percent admitted to setting up a Facebook account just to snoop on their son or daughter and a sad 4 percent got rejected as a friend by their own kin. Ouch! Here are the primary reasons parents gave for wanting to snoop around:

–       41 percent are worried their kids will visit bad sites that will infect their computers           

–       35 percent are over-protective   

–       32 percent want to know the sort of people their kids are mixing with      

–       23 percent thinks this is the only way they can find out what their kids are up to  

–       13 percent are just plain nosy

Interesting that the number one reason has more to do with the safety of their computers than the safety of their kids! And included in those reasons for snooping, 5 percent said that Facebook is “how I want to keep updated, rather than awkward conversations.” Must be the same group of people whose kids rejected their friend requests.

Snooping or not snooping is up to each individual parent and there are definitely proponents of each. Don’t forget about the police chief in Mahwah, NJ who teaches classes on how to hack into kids’ Facebook accounts. We know that there’s plenty of activity on Facebook to keep an eye on, especially when it comes to teens.

If leaving the lines of communication open and having those conversations (awkward as they may be) aren’t working for getting more insight into your child’s online life, is snooping something you’d do?