I have three children, two girls ages 4 and 15, and a son, age 17. The internet can be both a wonderful and a frightening thing for a parent. Every year hundreds of children and teenagers are lured away from their families and homes by on-line predators pretending to be something that they are not. My two older children have at least one friend who was lured away by a man pretending to be another teenager, whom she met on facebook and formed what she thought was an on-line romance. The 15 year old girl was missing for several weeks, with only a short call from her cell phone to a friend in which she cried that she was in trouble, and needed someone to come and get her, this was 2 weeks before she was actually found. Where was she? She was about an hour from home, her "teenage boyfriend" was really a pimp, and she was being forced into prostitution.....So, yes I am friends with both of my children on Facebook, as well as many of their friends, and on their My Space accounts. What's more, I have their e-mail passwords, and yes, I do periodically check their email. Also, when they were younger and first allowed computer privileges, they did not have their own computers, they used the computer in the family room, and their computer time was monitored. You may think that this is an invasion of privacy, but I am their mother, they are the most precious things in my world, and it is my job to keep them safe.