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Big Mother UK

August 7, 2008

ALMOST three quarters of parents spy on their children’s use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo, it was claimed yesterday.

Research found they are afraid their youngsters could be befriending strangers online.

One in four parents secretly log on to their child’s page, while a quarter set up their own page to spy on them.

Of the 1,030 parents quizzed, 58 per cent said they were more vigilant online than a year ago.

It also emerged more than a quarter of eight to 15-year-olds have strangers as friends online, while 20 per cent have gone on to meet them in person.

Online identity firm Garlik, which did the study, said: “Busy parents can’t be expected to monitor children all the time. What are Facebook, MySpace and the others doing to help?”

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