Should Parents Follow Their Child’s Friends on Social Media?

social mediaWhile scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed that one of my tween daughter’s friends had “Liked” several of my photos. A couple of days later, a few more of her friends “Liked” more of my photos. I didn’t think much of it until they also sent me friend requests on Facebook. That’s when I started to feel a little uncomfortable about my daughter’s friends following my social media accounts.

Because my work relies heavily on social media, my accounts are open and I’m generous with follow backs. I never post anything on social media that would cause me or my family any embarrassment and I’m not worried that my daughter’s friends will see any inappropriate material. However, as a 43 year old man, following 12-13 year old girls on social media seems a bit weird.

It’s not that I don’t have any followers who are minors. Several of my teenage nieces and nephews follow my social media accounts. The middle school boys that I mentor at my church also follow me. What makes me uncomfortable about the situation with my daughter’s friends is that these girls are a part of my daughter’s world and not necessarily a part of mine…Read the rest of the article on Babble.

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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