72% of parents have their child's Facebook password

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If you’re a parent with a child who has a Facebook account, do you know his or her password? It turns out that some 72 percent of parents do in fact know how to access their offspring’s account on the social network.

The findings come from Lab42, a market research company which surveyed 500 social media users between December 9 and December 12, 2011:

Guilty of stalking your child’s Facebook page in your spare time? Or poking fun at your mom for that time she asked you what a Facebook wall was? Social networking is bringing an entirely new dimension to family interactions. At Lab42, we were especially curious how parent and child relationships played out on Facebook. We wanted to know exactly how parents communicated with their children on Facebook, and if they had concerns about their children’s use of the site. To get the details, we surveyed parents with Facebook accounts.