Take a look at your Facebook friends list. If your parent or child is on that list, you are not alone. And if you are indeed friends with your kid, chances are you use the social networking site to keep tabs on what your kid is up to.
OnlineEducation.net gathered information on various ways parents use Facebook, and found that 92 percent of parents who use social media are Facebook friends with their kids, and that 1 in 2 parents joined up in the first place so that they could monitor what their child was doing, and posting, on the social media network.
41 percent of those parents said they were logging in to see what their kid’s latest status update was, while 39 percent were interested in what others were posting on their child’s Facebook wall. 29 percent of parents were interested in seeing what photos their child was tagged in.
The majority of younger Facebook users were friends with their parents — 65 percent of 13-year-olds on Facebook initiated the friendships with their parents on Facebook. But that number drops by age 20, when only 40 percent of friend requests come from the kids to their parents.
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