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Communication is Key with Children

Featured on the Hong Kong Economic Journal (October 19, 2013)

Last month, a study came out by the Hong Kong Research Association stating that they found that of the 582 parents they interviewed, 75 admitted they use fake identities on Facebook to check their children’s Facebook pages. An associated study showed that 27% of children with social media accounts set higher privacy settings for their parents so that they would not be able to see their information.

Having spoken to many parents about their concerns over Facebook and other forms of social media, I can understand that parents are concerned. Sometimes children can be one way in person but can be another on social media. Perhaps using social media as a way of expressing inner thoughts and desires, some people can be vastly different online than in person. And it is a cause for concern, especially for parents.