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How kids fool their parents on social networks

Last Updated: April 18, 2015

Sam Black

Sam Black joined the Covenant Eyes team in 2007 after 18 years as a journalist, serving as a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines in six states. Sam is the author of The Porn Circuit, and he creates partnerships with like-minded organizations to strengthen the worldwide fight against pornography.

You may think you know what they’re doing online, but you likely don’t have a clue

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Forty years ago, in the moments before the late-night news came on the air, television stations began running a public service announcement: “It’s 11 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”

Perhaps the TV stations should now add a twist: “Do you know what your kids are doing online?”

Many parents think they do already know what their children are up to on the Internet. After all, they’ve “friended” their kids on Facebook, where kids share everything — right?

Not quite, said Sam Black, marketing manager of Covenant Eyes, a Michigan company that sells Web filters and online trackers to the Christian market.

Black pointed out that social media networks have blocking features that allow the user to control what others can see about him or her.

In other words, your teenager may be happy to let you see the link to a cute kitten video, but chances are he or she will block you from pictures of last week’s party.

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