Are You a Facebook Spy?
When I became a mother, I promised myself that I would never read my children’s diaries unless I had real cause for concern over their health or well-being.
Is Facebook a diary? Is following your child’s chatter the same as reading their diary?
One late night of no sleep, I decided to download pictures of my kids. I went to each child’s Facebook page to look through photo albums. And there was the picture – my daughter embracing an unknown boy. Several times.
So began the midnight spy adventure. From the album, I went to her wall. I followed the conversation between her and her friends. Then I searched Facebook for the tagged names in the photo. And so on and so on… None of this information was difficult to acquire. My daughter did not consider this information private.
But I felt terrible. While the information is there for all to see, I knew she did not consider me, her mother, to be part of “all.” I knew that I was not welcome and that she would be disgusted to think that I cared enough about her social life to go through these machinations.
So what is a caring and curious mom of a tight-lipped teen to do?
To watch a hysterical video about one mom’s gathering of information from her college son’s Facebook page, click here.
To find out why teens are abandoning Facebook for Twitter Click here.