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-D- “The Case Against Monitoring Teens Online” By Dr. Peggy Drexler, January 4, 2014 1 One day after school, 16-year-old Amelia was in her room scrolling through her Facebook updates when she took a break to get a snack. When she came back, her mom was at her computer, busy reading the status updates posted by Amelia's friends, which alluded to "gossip about who got drunk last weekend and who likes who, stuff like that," Amelia remembered. "It was nothing, most of it probably wasn't even true -- everyone exaggerates about everything -- but my mom totally flipped out." Amelia, meanwhile, "flipped out" too, accusing her mother of spying, and having no respect for her privacy. 2 Parents have nosed around in their kids' lives ever since the invention of the telephone, but these days, technology has taken the spying game to an entirely new level with multiple points of entry, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, Vine and Tumblr. While communicating via social media has made it easier for kids to stay connected with their friends, these largely public forums (and traceable activities) also give parents a new into what their children may not be telling them. A study published earlier this year by the Education Database Online found that nearly half of all parents using Facebook joined the social network with the primary purpose of spying on their kids (and their kids' friends).
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