Parents invade Facebook

The latest trend revealed on Facebook sees mums and dads signing up to the service and attempting to befriend their kids online. The move has spurred a series of ‘ban parents from facebook’ groups on the site.

The latest trend revealed on Facebook sees mums and dads signing up to the service and attempting to befriend their kids online. The move has spurred a series of ‘ban parents from Facebook’ groups on the website.

According to a report in the Washington Post, more and more teens are being faced with the dilemma of whether to add their folks as friends – which is then further compounded, if added, by how much access to grant their parents to their profile page. This is a far cry from Facebook’s early days when it was launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg as a tool to allow college students to connect with other students around the US.

In 2006 Zuckerberg opened the doors of Facebook to the general public, and the site has grown exponentially ever since.This recent invasion has caused concern from many of the site’s teenage users who don’t like the idea of their parents invading their online privacy.

Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University at Dominguez Hills and author of the book Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation said parents should be upfront about wanting to know what their children are doing online but shouldn’t be upset if their friend request is ignored. He recommended that parents and their children set up rules – not necessarily for the young people’s behaviour, but for mom and dad’s behaviour once they’re online.

Source: Washington Post

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