Worrying news arrives for parents out there who may have kids or teens using Facebook, with reports that one teenage son from Arkensas is suing his own mother for hijacking his Facebook account.
The 16-year-old claims that his mom hacked into his Facebook account and then wrote damaging comments regarding him. The mother in question, Denise New, says she has the right to monitor her son’s behaviour online and was just acting as a concerned parent, saying, “If I’m found guilty on this it is going to be open season on parents”.
Meanwhile, her son who is now living with his grandmother says that his mom changed his password and then commented on Facebook about his personal life. He clearly feels his privacy has been invaded whereas his mother maintains that after reading some of her son’s posts on Facebook she had concerns for him.
Although the teen involved hasn’t been named because he is a minor, prosecutors have given an indication that the case comprises some harassment on the part of the mother towards her son. This one’s a real toughie in my opinion. I really can see it from both sides but would be interested in hearing what you think.
Do you side with the son and feel his privacy should be paramount, or maybe you sympathize with the mother who feels the law will set a dangerous precedent it they remove the right of parents to monitor their kids? Why not let us know how you feel?
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