And if you’re a parent with a son or daughter on Facebook, you’re probably creeping right along with me.
That is, if they ever even accepted your friend request.
The parent/child Facebook friendship has been explored to death already. As parents read articles such as “How Not To Embarrass Your Child On Facebook”, they’re told helpful hints such as “don’t comment too much on your child’s activity”, ” don’t share too much information that your child doesn’t want to know”, “don’t tag them in old baby photos”, “don’t remind them of chores”, “don’t friend all their friends” and “don’t try to be cool – you’re not”.
Meanwhile, our offspring are submitting screenshots of our most embarrassing interactions to websites such as “Crap, My Mom Just Sent Me a Friend Request” where you can see parents completely shattering their child’s cool online persona, talking about “the runs”, reminding them of chores, questioning relationship statuses, and using Facebook as a glorified brag book.
My creepiness came to light because I commented (verbally, mind you) about a Facebook message thread. At first I thought I was being called a creep. Now that I know I’m just a creeper, I can relax, because it’s my job. But if you think I’m going to go all parental here and talk about our responsibilities as a parent to monitor our children’s’ activity, limit their usage, check out their friends, lay low and take it all in, blah blah blah…I’m not.
But I do think it’s important to draw the line between acceptable Facebook usage vs. Facebook creeping. And I’m not just talking about parents. No, this goes for everyone. I even consulted Urban Dictionary on this, because that’s the place to go for knowledge on hip and happening terms, as long as you’re willing to insert your own grammar and punctuation. With that said, please humor me with the following little self-help quiz: