WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — A majority of parents have no problem spying on their kids on Facebook.

According to a recent survey done by AVG Technologies, 60 percent of American parents say they access their child’s Facebook page without them knowing about it.

The survey finds that mothers are more likely than fathers to snoop on their kids, 49 to 39 percent.

According to the survey, 72 percent of parents make sure to connect to their teens on Facebook. It’s less common for parents to be friends with their teenagers in countries across Europe and Asia.

“Is it spying or is it good parenting when parents closely monitor teens’ online activity?” Tony Anscombe, senior evangelist for AVG Technologies, said in a press release. “Our research reveals that while parents trust their teens to do the right thing, such as avoiding pornography on the Internet and ‘sexting,’ they are still concerned about their children’s and how teens’ online behavior may affect their future careers.”

Only 21 percent of the parents surveyed said they had ever seen any explicit or abusive messages on their teen’s social profile.

Many incidents of parents catching their kids bad-mouthing on Facebook have made headlines. Those include the infamous North Carolina father who shot his daughter’s computer and a mother in Ohio who created a Facebook page posting a picture of her daughter with a red “X” across her mouth.

AVG recommends that parents teach their children proper online behavior instead of spying on them.

AVG surveyed 4,400 parents across 11 countries.


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