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Based on the findings of this survey, 55% of parents joined Facebook to "keep an eye" on their kids by checking out the status updates, wall posts, and tagged photos on their social networking profiles. The other 40% said they don't spy on their kids at all and the remaining 5% said they would spy on their kids if only they knew how to do that:
When asked to explain their behavior, 36-percent blamed their "overprotective" parental instincts, where as 14-percent said they were just being "nosey". A sad 24-percent confessed that Facebook was the only way they could find out what their sons and daughters were up to, while 6-percent found that the social networking site allowed them to avoid having "awkward conversations" with their offspring.