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Social networking risks losing cool when parents sign on


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One of the joys of growing up is claiming your own social territory. That’s harder to do when mom and dad want in, says Erika Brooks Adickman.

The co-founder of MyParentsJoinedFacebook.com told KPCC’s Larry Mantle she’s forbidden her parents from posting on the popular social networking site.

Erika Brooks Adickman: "We get parents themselves who, in their, you know, in their forties and fifties, parents have joined and, and you know I guess it never stops, that parent-child relationship even when you have kids of your own, never really stops. For some reason, Facebook and, and having relatives on there, it just creates the perfect opportunity for awkwardness across the board."

Adickman said that awkwardness can surface in the form of very personal information that may embarrass kids, parents... or both.