How Parents Use Facebook to Spy on Their Kids Infographic

C’mon, admit it, you’ve done a little peeking in on your children’s Facebook pages. Maybe you’re completely open with your kids and there are no secrets. Awesome for you! But for many parents, they aren’t so lucky.

Facebook is one way to see what kids are up to if they let you friend them. If they don’t, there may be something going on that you shoould know about. Hopefully they’ll keep everything private so only trusted friends and family can see their posts. After all, they are kids.

Below is an infographic that shows how parents keep tabs on their kids using Facebook.


To see the original infographic in full size visit the post at Daily Infographic.

It’s interesting that there are 7.5 million users under the age of 13 (the legal age) on Facebook yet they only ban 20,000 a day.

It’s also interesting that 55% of parents use Facebook to keep an eye on their kids but only 16% send them a friend request. Sounds like a lot of kids aren’t keeping things private.

Stay safe out there on the interwebs. 🙂

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You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once. ~Polish Proverb



I’ve been telling myself this for years and what happened? My daughter graduated from high school and I kept right on working seven days a week like she would be around forever.

Can I get a do-over? CTL-Z? Command-Z Undo? Mulligan? Anything that turns back the clock.

For most of us there’s little way out of working all the time. After all, the kids need computers and cell phones. I said it, they NEED them. I wish they didn’t but they’re valuable for them and for us. They don’t need them as much as they need food, clothes and shelter but they still need them.

They also need a lot of other things. They WANT more than they need but they can’t have everything. Where would they put it? So we work to be able to buy them as much as we can. The work, the money, and what we buy them never seems to be enough – for them or for us. So we keep working to buy them whatever we can afford.

What they really need more than anything is to spend time with us, their parents, while they’re still young enough to like us. And while we still like them. Think I’m kidding? You don’t have a teenager yet. 🙂

All kidding aside, I knew the time would come when they’d grow up and we’d see less and less of them. I just didn’t count on it being so painful when it happened.

Take my advice, and this pearl of wisdom from the Polish Proverb, “You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.”



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A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm. ~Bill Vaughan


Oh, how true that is!

When our kids were born we spent so much money buying all the things we thought were important. Toys to play with and games to learn by, books to read, and clothes, clothes, and more clothes.

What did we learn?

Their favorite toys were old, broken phones and keyboards. And when they grew tired of those they moved on to the kitchen to the pots and pans and wooden spoons. They banged the heck out of ’em.

Their favorite games were hide and seek and running and playing. They didn’t want to be tied down to games.

The books were good but they liked the ones with fun pictures the best.

Forget the clothes. They were naked all the time. At least they WANTED to be.

They were just a few years old and what did they know? They certainly didn’t know the difference between the brand new, high-tech, expensive toys and the old, worn out freebies laying around the house. They wanted to be just like us, they’re parents – talking on the phone, playing on the computer, and cooking in the kitchen.

 I have no idea where that running around the house naked concept came from. 🙂

(Note: The small, green worm pictured above was named Scott and he spent a few days with us long ago. We actually did have a good time with him before letting him go to be with his friends. We have no idea what happened to him but we still have the pictures and look at them every once in a while. The kids still remember.)

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There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. – Walt Streightiff


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Summer Break – What To Do To Keep Kids Sharp

Museums – We went to the Reagan Library last weekend and it was perfect. We bought an annual pass so we can go back for free for an entire year. Kids actually love museums once you get them to go inside. They don’t cost much and some are even free.


Here’s a list of the top 50 children’s museums by ShareRanks:,Top-50-Childrens-Museums

Plan a Trip – It doesn’t have to be outrageous. Maybe a weekend will do, or just one day going somewhere you and the kids have always wanted to visit.

Amusement and Water Parks – The entire family can enjoy this one but it can get expensive. Many parks have season passes that can cost less than two trips. If you have one close to home it just might be worth the expense of the pass. The physical activity is good for the body and the brain.

Summer Job – There are plenty of jobs with cities working as a recreational leader, lifeguard, or summer counselor. Check the Human Resources Department page of your city’s website or just look for a link to Job Opportunities or Employment somehwre on the Home page. These aren’t difficult jobs and they can build good connections with civic leaders.

There are so many things kids can do during summer break. Whatever you or they choose, it should keep them stimulated so they’ll be mentally and physically sharp when it’s time to go back to school in the Fall.

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