For some parents, it's a way to keep tabs on their teens and tweens. But to some young people, it's an invasion of their privacy.
A growing number of parents are checking out social networking sites like MySpace and FaceBook. Many use them for the same reason younger people do: to communicate and share with their friends. Other parents say they want to have a presence on social networking sites to monitor what their kids are doing or as a condition to allowing them to set up personal pages in the first place.
Some teens don't seem to mind, though others feel having parents hovering around is a literal intrusion on their virtual space.
An official with MySpace says most parents seem to be pursuing their own interests on the site, not just watching their kids.