Should I Spy on my 11 Year Old on Facebook?

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.)

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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