MEBANE, N.C. — A mom in North Carolina is preaching it to other parents, telling them to take action with their kids' social media accounts.
Kristen Thompson has four sons.
Last week she posted a blog titled, “Wake Up and Smell the Sexting, Parents.” It has received more than 150,000 hits.
Thompson’s sons are allowed to have social media accounts including, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Anything with a password, they have to hand it over to mom.
Thompson’s “law” is simply stated in her blog, “If you post something that you’d be embarrassed for your Mom to see, don’t post it. That’s my rule. Like or not, you break it, we’re going to rumble,” she said.
“You can’t get by my mom. You really can’t. It’s tough,” explained Jordan Mann, Thompson’s 19-year-old son.
Thompson admits she thinks she’s an overprotective parent, but she’s okay with that.
“I can’t be on four phones and four iPods and iPads all the time, but every so often I’m going to check,” explains Thompson.
Thompson’s sons say they understand their mom is just looking out for them, but the rules can be strict.
“I asked my other friends if their mom would do it and they were like no,” Mann admitted.
In Thompson’s blog she outlines a handful of risky apps like Snapchat, Vine, Kik and ooVoo.
“Look I’ve seen the things my kids have posted and make me go ‘Woah oh no he didn’t’. They’ve had posts removed, comments removed, pictures removed, account deactivated, iPods taken away and phone service disconnected and yes we went there,” explained Thompson.
This savvy mom proudly ends her post with #sorrynotsorry.
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