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Vox pop: Should mums snoop on social media?

20 May 2015; Barbara Dolan, 20, from Blanchardstown. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
20 May 2015; Barbara Dolan, 20, from Blanchardstown. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Clarissa Waldron

It seems many parents use either real or fake social media accounts to spy on their children. Clarissa Waldron asks if safety grounds makes this subterfuge justifiable...

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20 May 2015; Kelly Mulligan, 25, from Citywest. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Kelly Mulligan, 25, Mayo:

"It depends on the age of the children. You're seeing nine, 10, 11-year-olds with tablets now and you can kind of censor Facebook, but with Instagram, you can end up on anything. It's even happened to me where I've been like 'What am I looking at?'"

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20 May 2015; Cara McKeown, 18, from Drogheda, Co. Louth. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Cara McKeown, 18, Drogheda:

"My mum made me add her on Facebook so she could check on me. I do understand why she did it, but I still felt like she was invading my privacy a little bit."

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20 May 2015; Fiona Kealey, 22, from Rathmines. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Fiona Kealey, 22, Rathmines:

"I think kids should be given privacy and if parents want to see what's going on in their child's life, they should talk to them face to face, not via a screen."

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20 May 2015; Lu Wang, 21, from Dublin 1. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Lu Wang, 21, Dublin:

"I think that's really bad, it's not good for parents to do this at all."

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20 May 2015; Arron O'Shaughnessy, 18, from Navan Road, Dublin. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Arron O'Shaughnessy, 18, Navan Road:

"You should trust your kids. If you think you should be checking in on them on Twitter or Facebook then they shouldn't have one."

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20 May 2015; Sinead Skehan, 22, from Ashbourne. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Sinead Skehan, 22, Clare:

"There should be a different approach rather than lying and spying on someone. I can understand why parents feel they need to check in on their children, but Facebook needs to take more responsibility for it."

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20 May 2015; Barbara Dolan, 20, from Blanchardstown. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Barbara Dolan, 20, Blanchardstown:

"I think if you have a child under 17, you should probably be openly friends with them, explain what you're doing is for safety."

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20 May 2015; Ben Reilly, 21, from Rathmines. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Ben Reilly, 21, Rathmines:

"I don't know about that… I'd be so against it, that's not okay ever!"

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20 May 2015; Katie Sweeney, 30, from Sandyford. South King Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Katie Sweeney, 30, Sandyford:

"I think it can backfire if you're spying on your kids without them knowing. It's better to trust, it establishes a better relationship."

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