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Should parents have access to and be able to edit their child's information on Facebook?

  • Responsible parenting necessary

    Thank you to all of you children who responded the "no" votes, it's good to see kids learning to voice their opinions. Unfortunately, there are cases where parents need to know what you kids are doing and its our RESPONSIBILITY and our RIGHT to find out. And it's not yours the privacy we give you is a privilege. Earn it if you want it.
    So lets visit some examples: mom found on fb out their kid is cutting themselves mom has the right to search their room and remove cutting devices and to physically examine their child for cuts, and to make sure old ones heal. They also have the right to take their child to therapy where their child has the right to talk to the therapist alone with out worrying about mom and dad being reported to. If the parent didn't snoop they may not have known and the child could get terrible life threatening infections or they could kill themselves.
    Some parents who snoop find out that their kid is using drugs and buying it from other kids in school they have the right to search your stuff and dispose of your drugs. They also have the right to demand that you take an at home drug test. If you're not using you wont mind. And that parent also has the responsibility to report it to the police and school. Their failure to do so is also illegal.
    You kids can earn trust and privacy and you can lose it by your behavior. We don't want to have to snoop and search but we do it because WE are responsible for you. With out parents how do you learn right from wrong? Your friends? Yeah i can see that turning out terrible. So kids when you think we do it to piss you off, or to hurt you or to make you feel bad. That's not the case. And until you are 18 every parent should read everything you post, every message you write, and know everything you are doing online. The day your parents made you they became responsible for everything you do until you are the age of maturity. Personally, i have all of my kids passwords. And i do go on their accounts. And if i find a password changed i recover the account and block it from my children. I am a parent who strives to keep my kids safe from themselves and predators.

  • I believe a parent should have access to their child's information on Facebook, because the parents are responsible for their child's safety.

    A parent's responsibility for any child under their care is to teach them and to protect them. Being able to edit a child's Facebook page is something a parent should be allowed to do. Knowing who they are talking to, and what they are doing, is acting in the child's best interest, in keeping them safe from predators and bad situations.

    Posted by: TabooReyes
  • Parental Police to our kids

    These days children are so cruel and stories told all the time how they are being bullied in many ways. Parents need to monitor what their kids are doing. Child predators are online all the times disguising them selves as teenagers. Most kids are not mature to know the dangers of social media.

  • As parents, we are responsible for everything our child says and does.

    Parents are responsible for their child's safety. A parent's job is to keep their child safe and to teach them right from wrong. Being able to edit a child's Facebook page is something a parent should be allowed to do. Knowing who they are talking to, and what they are doing, is acting in the child's best interest. It's the best way to keep them safe from predators and bad situations.

  • As parents, we are responsible for everything our child says and does, so access to children's Facebook accounts follows that line of reasoning.

    Because the parents are responsible for their child's safety. A parent's responsibility for any child under their care is to teach them and to protect them. Being able to edit a child's Facebook page is something a parent should be allowed to do. Knowing who they are talking to, and what they are doing, is acting in the child's best interest, in keeping them safe from predators and bad situations.

  • Most definitely

    Of course parents should have access to their child's FB page. How else can they parent what the child is doing on a public medium such as FB? Future employers, colleges and other institutions use FB as a measuring stick for character and references, so parents should be allowed to at least peruse FB and advice their child to potentially damaging postings. Not to even mention crazies, bullies and perverts who prey on young people. It is a responsibility of parents.

    Posted by: JN
  • As parents, we are responsible for everything our child says and does, so access to children's Facebook accounts follows that line of reasoning.

    Children's Facebook accounts should be fully accessible to parents while they are under the age of 18, as anything they post online is viewable by a multitude of people. For instance, you want to be able to see if your child is posting threats to others since, as a parent, you are responsible for their actions.

    Posted by: TrainLock
  • I agree, because children need to be watched carefully for security reasons, until they are of legal age.

    Due to the recent issues involving children and their unrestricted use of the Internet, parents must take a more active role in order to prevent their children from engaging in illegal or dangerous behavior. Although children must have a little privacy, their safety is foremost, until they are old enough to make rational decisions for themselves.

    Posted by: PrettyVince50
  • I'm a parent

    Of course they should be able to. We are not talking 18 year old teenagers here, we are talking children. No child should have an account on the computer without the parents monitoring it in some way. Anyone who votes "no" is not a parent or is a questionable parent.

  • Facebook is Another world

    Facebook for some is a totally different world from the real one we live. I always tell my kid to be extremely careful. It is very hard to tell who is actually genuine. It is good for parents to take a peak and see what the heck is going on in this social computer community. Real friends talk and visit you and take the time to know who you really are. Yes, it is a great tool for communication, but as parents we always have to watch out for the direction our child may be going in. Children at times lack the ability to identify a red flag (parents may also miss one) but it is all about the safety of our children. Drugs, suicide, bullying, rape, pornography can happen in social media applications. Trust is good for our children and the parents. It reassures us that our children will make the right choices in life while we are still here or gone. As parents we are responsible for how our children turn out.

  • Parents shouldn't be nosie.

    Kids have their Facebook to contact friends. Parents shouldn't ask their children for their passwords. If the parent has their child's Facebook password they would look at their messages and friends and statuses! It's quite annoying. Then they would lecture or ground their child for certain messages! I'm annoyed! The parents should have their own Facebook and own business.

  • Facebook is a site for people, no matter the age, to share things about themselves.

    Facebook is a social site for people to express themselves and be able to share their own personal stuff. If parents are aloud to access their child's profile, then that personal stuff can be removed if the parents don't like what their kids are posting. children are people too and diserve to speak and post whatever they want on facebook.

  • no

    no

  • Opening up your child's Facebook is unnecessary, and there are better ways to keep your kids under your monitor

    While I do agree and respect the pro's stance and wish to protect the children, I strongly disagree that opening up the child's account is the solution to this protection. This is a violation of privacy, which is a right every single living person deserves, and not one that has to be given or earned. Keeping a child under your online watch will just have him avoiding doing things you don't want him to do, and do everything you do want him to do, like a parrot, repeating everything you say.

    Take a child, who's mother looks at, and uses, his Facebook account daily. The child will be a parrot, that will do everything that is told of him, and will rarely commit misdeeds. This is one of the main causes of indoctrination, which we don't want. And indoctrinated child will not think and learn for himself, for he will only learn what is needed of him, to avoid the stick, and earn the carrot. He will not question, he will not wonder, and he will not expand his learning and critical thinking.

    If this child creates ANOTHER account, or if his mother stops pestering him, he will learn to live, succeed, or fail on his own. He will understand firsthand why his mother wants him to do this, act like that. He grasps the concepts of why being a GOOD person is so damned important.

    Let the mother look at his profile, see his posts. But that should be just about it. This alone sets forth the notion that he should not be an unruly nincompoop online, where all can see him. The few times he does decide to do this, his mother can sway him, and he can be ridiculed for his misconduct and/or foolishness. This way, he learns firsthand.

    In conclusion, the opposition believes that the motion is unnecessary and there are better ways to promote the child's cyber-safety, ways, which I may add, are much less harmful to the child.

  • No, Hell no.

    If a kid wants or has a Facebook then they clearly don't need snoopy parents who don't have a life looking over the kids shoulders reading behind their back. The whole point to having Facebook is so you can say and post whatever you want without authority consent. Right? It's stupid.

  • Adolescents need to learn how to be responsible

    The adolescent years are a transition period between being a child and an adult. As an adult, you have to take full responsibility of yourself and every decision you make. The adolescent years are a transition period, where you gain and learn more responsibility on every step of the journey. By taking this privacy away, not only are you showing that you do not trust your own child, you role modelling insensitivity and breaking your relationship with your child. Parent-child relationships are the most crucial thing in Parenting Done Right. Parenting is about nurturing, showing what love is, guiding your child through the right path, and when they trying to make the leap between child and adult you show them how to make their own way. How can you expect them to know the way if you have never given them an opportunity to make decisions, take responsibility, and show some initiative? I'm telling you, you can't. My suggestion is to be friends with them on facebook (for the especially curious parent) or to ask them how things are going. If your child shows symptoms of depression, then the matter changes. Follow their feed first, and if nothing seems out of the ordinary, take more measures. X

  • There is something called privacy!!

    This is the child's privacy and his parents must respect this and give him the feeling that they trust him and that he is responsible for his own decisions. They can tracks their child acitivity by asking him and making friends with him. Not by spying on him or giving him the feeling that he is controlled.

  • No, Privacy Is Already Too Low

    Facebook is a social, public site. The parent can get their own Facebook and see their child's easily. If their child is posting bad things or stuff the parent can talk to them or ban them from using it. But Facebook is a personal way of expressing yourself too, it wouldn't be their Facebook anymore. It would be the parent's second Facebook. And if you're going to do it just don't let your child have a Facebook, or set out The Rules before letting them think they get to have their own account.

  • No they Shouldn't.

    I don't think parents should be able to look at their child's things that involve passwords. That being said, I am a child.

    The main point here that I see in all these arguements is trial and error and privacy. Yes, there is a point that even if you make mistakes and you do it redundantly, that will show on the child not the parent. Yes, you should be concerned with preteens; but we're talking about teens here. The teens should have that sense of security without prying eyes. Take for example what socially happens at school, the child likes a certain someone or they are being picked on; instead of getting involved with the bully-type person you should let your kid fend for himself/herself. It's part of learning how to cope with life. Invading their privacy isn't helping them: it's hurting them.

  • No no no

    Parents shouldn't monitor their children on Facebook because they should have privacy on their online activity with their social life. Sometimes people on Facebook talk about their life to best friends and maybe they don’t want to let their parent to know about those things. Plz parent do not look at your children's Facebook page


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