Having privacy is necessary to one’s well-being, but being surrounded by family members all the time can make having your own privacy a difficult luxury to obtain. This is one reason kids turn to social media. Having these social media accounts and private conversations with friends online can be a way for kids to express themselves. In order to get a better understanding of this phenomenon, our team asked a few college students how they felt about adding their parents or family members to their social media accounts back when they were teens. Here are a few of their answers:
Zoe L: “At the age of 13, the thought of adding my parents was horrifying. I blocked my mom on everything because she would publicly say something if she didn’t like what I posted. It was embarrassing, but I think I stopped caring when I was around 16. Now my family members follow me on all social media platforms”
Jason H: “I wasn’t particularly wild or interesting so I didn’t mind. I did block my mom though because she criticized most of the things I posted.”
Dana V: “I always had my family members on social media, but if I had Snapchat when I was younger I would’ve lied about it and wouldn’t have added my parents. Snapchat can’t be staged like Instagram and it shows where your location is.”
Graham B: “It took my parents a long time to adopt technology so they didn’t have social media, but I wouldn’t have wanted them seeing what my friends and I were posting back then anyways because they definitely would not have approved. It would be good for parents to see what their kid is up to, but at the same time parents should respect a kid’s privacy and kids should have the option to it in some cases.”
Alexis N: “As a young teen I wouldn’t have added my parents or family members on social media. It’s not like I had anything to hide back then, but I still didn’t want my parents seeing what I was up to. I liked keeping my social life separated from my at home life.”
Taylor J: “I was forced to add my parents on social media as part of an agreement, but I thought it made me look un-cool or lame to my friends. I realized it benefited me in the long run because I quickly learned what was okay to post and what was not.”
Now, parents and children can come to the perfect online agreement with BulliPatrol. BulliPatrol allows parents to monitor their child’s social media posts for harmful language or online bullying behavior without seeing what their kids are posting. This allows them to have the privacy they want and need, and the peace of mind you’ve been searching for.