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My Mom Just Friended Me! Should Facebook be Restricted to College Students?

​Every young person has that moment of embarrassment when their parents intrude on their privacy. There is countless times where I was sitting in my room with my friends and my mother would obnoxiously sit in on our gossips like Lois Griffin.

Every young person has that moment of embarrassment when their parents intrude on their privacy. There is countless times where I was sitting in my room with my friends and my mother would obnoxiously sit in on our gossips like Lois Griffin.

Most of us are aware that teachers at universities and employers use Facebook as a means of checking up on students and employees, but the number of parents using the social media site has been rapidly increasing, which seems to be a concern to the younger Facebook users. When Facebook first launched, it was only available to our college students and if you wanted to join the social networking site you had to provide your college email address in order to be able to sign up. In September of 2007 that all changed. Facebook allowed anyone to be able to sign while recommending you be at least 13 years old to join.

Over the years more and more parents (and even grandparents!) have been joining social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Being able to log in and request their kids has given more power to parents, allowing them to “check up” on their children’s photos, whereabouts and personal information.

Many students and teens make use of the privacy so that certain people (i.e parents and teachers) can only view a “limited profile” when clicking on their page. This approach is taken when young Facebook users don’t want to offend adults who request them. Aside from the mushy “I love you” posts, parents see Facebook as a way of communicating and keeping in touch with friends and family just as most young people do.

I know many people who have no problem with having their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents etc, on their friends list; however, should Facebook revert back to its old roots and have restricted access to the public? Would the social media world have grown as much as it has if limited to a particular group of contributors?

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