My 12 yr. old, who will be 13 in a couple of weeks, finally asked for a Facebook account. I got him all signed up and I let him know I was friending him (though I have it set up so he can't see and doesn't get my status updates, comments on my page, etc.) and that anything posted to his account would be sent to me in an e-mail. He didn't mind TOO much, but he did make a comment that "none of my friends parents do that" and all those other things you expect kids to say. I told him his friends probably just don't know their parents are watching.
But are they? I know MY friends are all watching their kids on Facebook, checking their phones, etc. But is he right? Are his friends' parents totally letting their kids roam free on Facebook and the rest of the internet? Believe me when I say I am not overprotective. My kids roam freely through our community, I don't hover over them and their schoolwork, I don't make daily (well, actually NEVER) calls to the school to complain about anything. What about you? How do you handle this? Do you follow your kids on Facebook or other social networking sites? Do you ever review what is going on on their text messages and e-mails? It won't change my mind about what I am doing, but at least I will know if I am a total nut or just one of the bunch, which may be one in the same.