When parents started catching on to Facebook, my father immediately told me, “I’m on Facebook now; I’m not going to add you.” He instinctively felt it was an invasion of my privacy; just how he doesn’t walk into my bedroom without knocking. And yet, many parents and children are “friends” on Facebook, write each other on g-chat and have text message conversations. While my parents have always respected my online space, other parents find security and comfort in “checking up” on their children via Facebook and instant messaging.
Web Tracking programs is a good way of monitoring your child’s online activity on social networks. A parent can check which social networks their children belong to and the program red-flags any suspicious “friend” connections. It is worth noting that the program only reveals public information, so private information remains private. So when is web monitoring okay and when is it snooping?