Parents using social media to keep an eye on kids

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  • mominthetrenches South Jordan, Utah
    July 20, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    I had a Facebook account for about 6 months and found it to be a huge distraction from my day-to-day activities (among other things) so I De-activated my account. Most of my friends with teenagers, though, have FB accounts for this reason as stated in your article. My kids are 12-7, and I am dreading when they turn 13, as I will likely feel the need to re-instate my account (yuck!), but do want to check in on my kids and their friends. It's not stalking, it's the fact that everything is infiltrating into society and there is absolutely zero privacy--parents should at least have a pulse on what their kids are up to. Hopefully if your relationships are good with your children, you are having regular daily conversations, not just relying solely on "spying" on their Facebook accounts; your children would understand full-well why you were on their account.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 20, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    After experiences with the Substance Abuse and Anti-violence coordinating council for almost 10 years, I learned that parents have a big responsibility in helping their children get through this life. Whether is is substance abuse and the violence of today's youth, parents need to keep an eye on their children and grandchildren. The nice part of this responsibility, the social media actually gives parents the opportunity to see what is going on with their circle of children and friends. Families are to help each other, children to parents and parents to children. It takes each one to give 110 percent, as one of Utah's banks used to advertise.

    The social media expands and changes almost daily. With the variety of APPS out there for almost any device, the bad people are developing the tools to defeat and make good things bad. Even parents make mistakes in this ever changing world of technology. Kids are definitely more proficient at know how to get around in the current world of upgrading to the latest device and APPS.

    It is good to have organizations and people out there will to help. With today's environment of hope and change for bad, be cautious.

  • toshi1066 OGDEN, UT
    July 20, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    That's rather creepy in my opinion, I wouldn't want my parents stalking me.

  • Davidfe BETTENDORF, IA
    July 19, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    My wife and I use Social Web Watch to monitor our 4 kids accounts. We used to log in to their accounts and review everything daily. We thought we were being through, but did not always have time to do it every day.

    The service is great and found a lot of issues we missed. Most of our friends are now using it and we would recommend it to every parent.