Mom, stay off my Facebook page!
A 16-year-old in Arkansas has filed charges against his mother, claiming she left libelous comments on his Facebook page.
The teen lives with his grandmother, who has custody. He is also requesting a no-contact order against his mom. He claims she hacked his account, changed his password and posted things that embarrassed him. The teen’s name hasn’t been released in court documents, so it’s difficult to check his Facebook profile and see what his mom might have posted.
The mom, Denise New, talked with KATV-TV, saying “I read things on his Face book about how he had gone to Hot Springs one night and was driving 95 m.p.h. home because he was upset with a girl and it was his friend that called me and told me about all this that prompted me to even actually start really going through his Facebook to see what was going on.”
New says she’s going to fight the charge, and things this could be a precedent-setting moment for parents, who have rights too.
New believes she has the legal right to monitor her son’s online activities.
If you’re a parent who monitors your kids’ online world, I’d love to hear from you. How do you check up on them? I’m actually Facebook friends with my daughter (cute isn’t it?) so it’s easy for me to see what kinds of things she’s posted. I pretty much know my place though, as in, “don’t write on my wall, okay?” And I wouldn’t want to embarrass her.
But this does raise the question of how far parents should go to stay on top of what their kids are doing?