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Vox pop: Should mums snoop on social media?

Clarissa Waldron

Published 23/05/2015 | 13:39

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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