According to a study from the publisher of Parenting and Babytalk magazines The Parenting Group, nine out of ten moms are friends with their children on Facebook. That’s the way mothers can keep an eye on their children by simply becoming a Facebook friend.
After conducting the research with 1,100 mothers, the group revealed that nearly half of the respondents also adjust the security settings on their personal Facebook profiles to make sure the child can’t see inappropriate photos or video and certain status updates. The study also figures out that a third of mothers with children up to the age of 12 enable the kids to setup an online profile on the social network. Facebook’s internal rules and the Children’s Online
Privacy Protection Act both bans the creation of profiles for children under the age of 13, but it’s difficult to police this rule across 800 million profiles on the social network.
Only 20 percent of the respondents limit Facebook usage when an adult is present. Approximately 30 percent of mothers only allow the use of social networks after homework has been finished and over half of the mothers place a one hour time limit on Facebook usage every day. The 10 percent that are not friends with their child on Facebook, three fourths of that group monitor the child’s page by logging into the social network as someone else. This may consist of another child’s profile or a fake profile created to watch the page. Moreover, 77 percent of mothers are Facebook friends with at least one of their child’s friends.
The study also conducts some questions about smartphone usage. On average, mothers have downloaded about 11 apps for their smartphone, four of them have been for the child to use. Forty percent of moms let their children play games on their smartphone each day and 35 percent allow their child to utilize the smartphone for at least an hour each day.