Study: Nearly Half Of Parents Monitor Their Children’s Lives On Facebook

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A new study finds that 92 percent of parents on Facebook are friends with their children – and 1-in-2 of them joined to monitor their kids in the first place.

The website OnlineEducation.net collected information on the different ways that parents use the online social network Facebook. Of the parents in the study, 41 percent said they log in to see what their kid’s latest status update was, and 39 percent were interested in what others were posting on their child’s Facebook wall.

For 29 percent of the parents, their interest was solely what their could be found doing in posted photographs.

A 2012 Pew Research Center survey found that Internet users under 50 are particularly likely to use a social networking site of any kind, and those 18-29 are the most likely of any demographic cohort to do so (83 percent). Women are more likely than men to be on these sites, and those living in urban settings are also significantly more likely than rural Internet users to use social networking.

The OnlineEducation study also found that 65 percent of 13-year-olds Facebook users were not only friends with their parents, but also initiated the online connection themselves. But by the age of 20, only 40 percent of Facebook friend requests are sent by the children to their parents.

Parents also appear fairly consistent in their online monitoring duties.

Forty-three percent of parents in the study reported looking at their kid’s profile on a daily basis, and one-third of parents said that they look at it around five times each week. Only one percent of the parents in the study reported that they had “never” looked at their children’s Facebook page.

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