How Many “Facebook Parents” Monitor Kids Online

One of the biggest household controversies with regard to teen Internet use is how to find a balance between protecting kids and giving them a modicum of privacy that may truly be deserved. So parents go on a mission and come across several terrific options. One of their favorites is monitoring kids on Facebook. A survey of 2,000 parents and teenagers by TRUSTe and Lightspeed Research found that 72% of parents check in on their teen’s social networking accounts at least once per month. That’s made easier by the prevalence of Facebook – 95% of parents and 90% of teens with a social networking account have one on Facebook, and “most of those teens are friends with their parents,” according to the study. Considering the numerous cases of cyberbullying and unwanted sexual solicitations that occur within Facebook, it’s no wonder parents are worried about how much access is appropriate for their children. Following the ways below will help parents to monitor and restrict their kids on Facebook:
  • 1. Creates a Facebook account and “friends” their children.
  • 2. Once children accept the request, friends (parents) will be notified of status changes, new pictures, tagged photos, comments and posts that use certain language that may alert the parent to a cyberbullying incident or even a sexual solicitation.
  • 3. If children reject the request or exclude parents from seeing certain wall posts and pictures. Parents can create two accounts: one for the family, and one for everyone else.
  • 4. Find a middle ground by using parental control keystroke logger software. Install keystroke logger software on home computer, parents can define their own rules including blocking certain websites and applications via keywords. Keystroke logger software will also monitor and record all Facebook conversations and Facebook pages children viewed, capture desktops screenshots by a specified interval time. Parents can know all children’s Facebook activities even if they set privacy to parents on Facebook.

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