I guess it started after a Cyber Safety parent night at my daughter’s school. I was terrified that she might be cyberbullied. That night I joined Facebook and did a search for her name just in case and to my horror there she was! Her profile was open for all to see. She had 200 friends, some of whom I knew from her class and some who I had never seen before. Lots were older. In that one moment, I knew I had lost my innocent princess! My question is should I confront her and ensure that she disables her account, or should I monitor her by checking in without her knowing so that I can see what is going on in her secret cyber life?
A new survey has found that more than 38 percent of minors on Facebook are under the age of 13—a violation of Facebook’s age requirement. The same survey, conducted by Minor Monitor, also found that more than 50 percent of parents polled “spy” on their kids’ Facebook accounts—regardless of whether or not their child has given them permission to do so. The parents’ top concern, at 56 percent, was to protect their child from online sexual predators, but they were also concerned about identity theft, sexting, drugs, alcohol and cyberbullying. (A troubling statistic: one out of three parents said their child had already been cyberbullied.)