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Spying parents: 50 per cent join Facebook to spy on their kids says report

Almost half of all parents with a Facebook profile only joined the site to spy on their kids, a new study revealed.

The study was conducted by the researchers at Education Database Online and according to their findings, parents who are into Facebook-spying, primarily monitor their kids' status updates as well as the photos they have been tagged in.

It further stated that approximately 43 per cent of parents using Facebook check the profiles of their children daily, whereas 31 per cent check their kids' profiles at least four to five times per week.

Approximately, 14 per cent of Facebook using parents admitted to have only "sporadically" checked their kids' profiles while another 11 per cent stated that they do it just once a month.

Just one per cent of parents on the social networking said that they never checked their kids' Facebook profiles.

The study also claimed that a staggering 41 per cent of these parents were more interested in the status updates of their children, while 29 per cent said that they were more vigilant with the images their kids were tagged in.

39 per cent cared more about what other people were posting on their kids' Facebook wall.

Facebook claimed last week that it has been targeted by hackers but that its users' data was safe. The company's Graph Search has also been dubbed a "phishers' dream" by industry experts.