Half of Parents Join Facebook Just to Monitor Their Kids Online

by Jeana Lee Tahnk

Half of Parents Join Facebook Just to Monitor Their Kids Online

A new survey reveals that half of the parents on Facebook joined in order to monitor their kids 

A full half of parents on Facebook joined the social network for the sole purpose of monitoring their kids, according to a recent survey by Education Database Online.

The number of moms alone who have joined Facebook has continued to increase over the past couple years. Approximately 50 percent of moms online in 2010 were on the site. That number has leapt to 72 percent today. Many of those moms, and parents in general, are joining just so they can see how their kids are interacting with peers online.

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According to the survey, 43 percent of these parents check their kids’ Facebook profiles daily, 31 percent check 4-5 times a week and 14 percent look sporadically. The thing that parents are most interested in? Status updates, followed by what their kids are posting on others’ walls, and then what photos their kids are tagged in.

43% of parents check kids' Facebook profiles daily

Those parents aren’t only watching their kids online, but are interacting with their children as well. The most common terms that moms post on their kids’ networks are: “beautiful,” “all grown” and “baby,” while dads’ most common terms are “good luck,” “money” and “game.”

Still, despite these encouraging words, 1 in 3 kids are embarrassed by their parents’ posts and 30 percent would unfriend their parents if they could.

30% of kids would unfriend their parents if they could

Are you online just to check on your kids’ Facebook activity? Let us know

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