Friend Request: Parenting On Facebook - Page 2
According to AVG's Tony Anscombe, the new era of social media interaction and its possible consequences (both positive and negative) necessitate that parents become involved. If parents are involved, then "the web becomes less of a private forum for [your child] and more of a monitored schoolyard." Thus, much like a schoolyard, you might not be able to pick up on all the nuisances that drive the inhabitants but, if you're observant, you can tell when you have to intervene.
Anscombe agrees that no one approach is perfect for every situation, but the survey results seem to indicate that parents are more willing to engage their teens online. And, like in every other situation dealing with a teenager, a willingness to dialogue seems to be the first step.
Whether you choose to friend your teen or simply access their account, online tools can help you find a starting point. When you're ready for the next step, you might consider checking your teen's Tumblr.