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