It’s one thing to check up on what your kid is doing on Facebook, or even friend them and leave the occasionally embarrassing comment on a post (make sure you read them first, unlike one mom who accidentally ”liked” a post by her college age son that involved the kind of college activities you never want to discuss with your mother). But hacking into your high schoolers page, changing his passwords and making posts in his name the way Denise New of Arkadelphia, Arkansas did was enough for local prosecutors to pursue charges of harassment.
Sixteen year old Lane New, who lives with his grandmother, filed charges against his mother after she took over his page. ”Denise first hacked my Facebook and changed my password,” Lane said in his complaint. ”She also changed the password to my e-mail so I could not change it. She posted things that involve slander and personal facts about my life.”
His mother maintains that she was simply acting as a concerned parent. ”I read things on his Facebook about how he had gone to Hot Springs one night and was driving 95 mph home because he was upset with a girl,” she told KATV News, “and it was his friend that called me and told me about all this that prompted me to even actually start really going through his Facebook to see what was going on.”
She does admit to changing his passwords and posting fake entries. Neither of the News, nor the prosecutor on the case, has shared details of the postings with the press, but Lane feels that they have permanently damaged his reputation. His mother says she’s going to fight the charges. ”I’m going to fight it. If I have to go up even higher up, I’m going to,” she told KATV. ”I’m not gonna let this rest. I think this could be a precedent-setting moment for parents.”