UK parents spy on their kids’ Facebook accounts: study

 studyParents in the UK do not trust their children’s Facebook activities and are curious to know what their children do on the world’s most popular social network, a study conducted by Internet security BullGuard revealed.

BullGuard questioned a total of 2,000 people and found that more than 12 per cent parents in the UK set up a Facebook account to spy on the child.

Of the total respondents, 8.7 per cent admitted that they even attempted or succeeded to hack into their children’s accounts to spy on their Facebook activities.

Forty per cent of respondents said that they regularly checked their children’s social media status updates, 39 per cent said they used to see who had sent messages to their children, while 29 per cent looked through their tagged images.

Seventy-six per cent of the respondents said that they monitored general internet use than spy on their child’s social networking profiles, such as checking their internet history files.

Speaking on the topic, BullGuard’s Claus Villumsen said, “It certainly seems as though parents are taking advantage of the trail of information left by web use in order to check up on their kids.”

Some 16 per cent parents tried to become their kids’ friend on Facebook, but nearly a third of them were rejected by their kids.