A 16-year-old Arkansas boy filed harassment charges against his mother after she logged onto his Facebook account, changed his password, and posted slanderous things about him. She claims she was monitoring his behavior. No wonder he lives with his grandmother.
No one is saying what the slanderous things are, but they must be pretty bad. The mother in question, Denise New, had some choice statements for KATV in Arkansas about the case.
You're within your legal rights to monitor your child and to have a conversation with your child on Facebook whether it's his account, or your account or whoever's account. It's crazy to me that we're even having this interview...I read things on his Facebook about how he had gone to Hot Springs one night and was driving 95 m.p.h. home because he was upset with a girl 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.
Apparently her son left his account active on his mother's computer while visiting and she just navigated her way into trouble from there. And she's right. Parents should keep an eye on their children's social networking sites. But that doesn't mean they should go on there, talk shit about them, pretend to be them, talk to their friends, and generally wreck havoc. New says she's going to fight the charges for the rights of parents everywhere. We'll find out what happens after court date in May.