POSTED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 7:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 7:26pm
Tyler, TX — KETK asked Rickland Holmes, parent and John Tyler Football Coach, "Would you spy on your kids on Facebook? "No I wouldn't, if I can't trust my kids enough to do the right thing on Facebook then they shouldn't have access to it the first place," says Rickland Holmes.
Reports say, more than $17 Million kids under the age of 13 are Facebook users.
Parents are concerned to know what their kids are up to on the popular social media website, so they are signing up.
"If they join it they just need to join it not because they have to spy on their kid through Facebook, they don't need to have a Facebook," says Rickland Holmes.
Well some kids don't have permission, now since there are many young Facebook users, online protection is being addressed more than ever.
"There's new updates to Child Online Privacy Protection Act that's coming out in the summer, so a lot of the social media companies are insure site safety or site integrity," says Mitch Butler, VP & C-Founder of ImageVision.
"If their kids are needing to be monitoring they don't have a place on Facebook to begin with," says East Texas resident.
One company is making it easier for parents to monitor online activity by downloading an app.
An online safety expert tells KETK, "Parents will go to EyeGuardian.com and set up an account themselves then they'll walk through steps to connect their child's Facebook to their EyeGuardian account and they have to have their child's password to do this," says Mitch Butler, VP & C-Founder of ImageVision.
Parents will receive alerts when their kids post or receive inappropriate photos and messages.
"It has to do with your parenting and what you do as a parent and how you have raised your child up to this point. And you just have to trust what you've done as a parent," says Rickland Holmes.