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The Facebook Group “Moms of Kids Who are Embarrassed They Have a Facebook” Starts for Mothers

Geek Out: Would You Deny Your Mom a Friend Request?

It seems like every day, my mom is getting more and more tech savvy. She has her own blog, a TiVo, an iPod, and a Bluetooth earpiece, and I'm pretty sure she actually drooled when she first saw my iPhone 3G. That's why it wasn't exactly surprising when she sent me a Facebook friend request. I chuckled a little at the thought of my mom happily writing on my wall and tagging photos, but I accepted her.

Turns out I may be an anomaly because I just heard about the Facebook group “Moms of Kids Who Are Embarrassed They Have a Facebook Profile," founded by a mother who was unceremoniously rejected by her 12-year-old daughter.

I totally understand why you wouldn't want your mom to see everything you have on your Facebook profile, and then again, I kinda think it's harmless to add your mom — but maybe that's because I'm old and boring that I feel like there's nothing to hide. So tell me, what's your parental social networking policy?


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panicitzalicia panicitzalicia 8 years
i honestly would never accept my mom's friend request if she made a facebook.. way too awkward.
AROTCgal08 AROTCgal08 8 years
My Mom doesn't have MySpace or Facebook. She uses email and shops online. She says "Who wants to be friends with an old Latin teacher?" It's apparent she doesn't want one. I would probably friend her though if she got one. My theory is don't put anything on your page you wouldn't want your mother to see.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I've got my mum, two of my aunts and some of my cousins on my facebook page. It's a great way to find out what people are doing and keep in touch and to share photos. My cousin got married recently and we've been able to share photos that we wouldn't have bothered emailing to each other and otherwise would not have looked at until Christmas.
mopnglo2 mopnglo2 8 years
I added my mom! She was really excited to have a facebook account and I know it would have crushed her sweet mother spirit if I denied her!
kathili kathili 8 years
My mom tried to friend me a long time ago, but I definitely do not feel comfortable with her being able to see my Facebook....but I feel bad rejecting her it's still sitting there...
lovely2190 lovely2190 8 years
Calypso blue i totally agree with you! I am a freshman in college and I haaate to say this because i really do loooove my mom but there is no way that i would accept her friend request on facebook. I tell almost everything but there are some things i would like to keep private from her. However probs when i get a little older i would accept her friend request. However she is not that tech savy so i don't think i have to worry about that yet.
calypso-blue calypso-blue 8 years
I think if you are in high school/early years of college you would prolly not want your mom on your facebook/myspace but once you reach a certain age and understanding that your parents are ppl just like you its more common to accept a friend request.
vitisva vitisva 8 years
I would add either of my parents - I'd think it was cute
silvermoon76 silvermoon76 8 years
I wouldn't mind normally, but I know for a fact that my mother is a SNOOP. My sister used to have one of those locked journal things long ago and I've caught her reading it more than once. She also checks messages on my phone sometimes. I absolutely HATE this invasion of my privacy and her utter lack of respect for my personal space, so no, adding her on facebook would be the last thing I'd ever want to do.
rachelsmith rachelsmith 8 years
I told my dad, before he asked, that I would not friend him. Mostly because I'm 15 and they don't need to see when I'm online and supposed to be asleep, or exactly what I'm saying (though really, I don't have anything to hide). My aunts and uncles are all friends with me. I don't mind them - they won't give em grief for being online at 2 in the morning.
brdwaystarlett brdwaystarlett 8 years
There's a reason limited profiles are available. THAT would be one. My cousin actually sent me a message on Facebook. The subject line was " I DO NOT WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND ". lol.
kajivar kajivar 8 years
My mom and I are very close. I have a Livejournal, and I made my mom her own account so she could read my friends-locked entries. Of course, I have a filter for *some* posts so she can't see them....
Amandaletta Amandaletta 8 years
Haha my mom still uses AOL. Sometimes I think she is interested in Myspace/Facebook because she has no idea what my brother is up to, but I tell her most everything that's going on in my life (I have one secret..and that's pretty much it). I'd add her if she ever decided to have one. My bf's mom is terrible with technology and if she friend requested me I think my bf and would both faint. lol
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
haha. that's awesome. My mom is on facebook, my sister (who is 15) wouldn't friend her at first, now they do and I think they have bonded more on facebook than in person recently, lol
neko neko 8 years
No policy, because my mom doesn't know about facebook, heh. Even so, it takes me forever to accept anyone there because I log in about once a year.
cali_student cali_student 8 years
OMG my bf's mom JUST requested me yesterday... I have to scan through all my wall posts and photos and delete anything about alcohol or swear words :p She's pretty tech saavy so she'll know I'm restricting her access if I don't let her see it all :S
booe1104 booe1104 8 years
This is funny because my mom requested me as a friend yesterday. I'm pretty sure she just wanted access to some pictures of a wedding my brother and I went to. She barely checks her email, I'm sure she won't be frequenting Facebook. I don't really have anything to hide anyway. I'd be more afraid of potential Grad school admissions people or potential employers seeing anything.
verily verily 8 years
I have no problem with letting my mom friend me. My sister set her up with a MySpace account chiefly so that Mom could stay in touch with us easily. Very handy for birthdays and Christmas when you have 5 kids! I'm not afraid to let her see what I put up on the net. I don't put ridiculous stuff on my Facebook/MySpace accounts to begin with, so there's nothing to be embarrassed about.
luckiedog luckiedog 8 years
There's no way I would want my mother to know what I'm really up to when I'm not around her.
Blackthorne Blackthorne 8 years
That will be the day. My mom? But if the impossible happens, yes, I will friend her to facebook. But I am not giving her my username because there are something she doesn't need to know.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
My mom is of the sole belief that MySpace, Facebook, Friends and all those other websites are just there so people can "show the world how special and unique" they are. I think it's an interesting point of view. We heard somewhere that grafitti and things like that have slightly decreased ever since MySpace surfaced...people don't need those outlets as much anymore to "make their mark", I guess. Regardless, my mom doesn't have a profile but if she did, I'd definitely add her. She's a "cool" mom. LOL.
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 8 years
I found out my mom joined Myspace... she didn't ask to be my friend she just followed my blogs and updates to spy on me.
Lindaloo52 Lindaloo52 8 years
I think this is so acceptable, my own mother did not even want an ATM card, for goodness sakes! Right on, you go "momma".
k-squared k-squared 8 years
My parents refuse to let the past die.. my mom still uses AOL. And they're pathetic when it comes to anything past news or email on the internet. I'd place a heavy bet I won't see them on facebook in the near future, lol. It's a good thing, too, because some of my friends aren't as "nice" or "polite" on the internet as they are offline.
wildegurl wildegurl 8 years
aunts and uncles, cousins are pretty safe... some are limited others aren't... with my parents, i don't think i could accept them... just because they would tease me about EVERYTHING or else chastise me for photos with my tongue sticking out (my mom hates that). :-)~
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