Ga. Court: Parents Can Be Held Liable For Children's Facebook Posts
A Georgia appeals court has ruled that parents can be held responsible for what their children post on Facebook.
The court found that the parents of a seventh-grade boy could be held liable for a Facebook page that their son created to imitate another student.
Court documents say that the student helped make a fake Facebook profile, imitating another student and claiming that the student was a gay, racist drug user. The parents allegedly punished their son after they found out about the Facebook profile, yet the profile remained active for nearly a year after the punishment, still accepting friend requests.
The court’s decision opens the door for a possible trial for the parents and their son.
Defense attorney Evangeline Gomez explained that under common law, parents have to reasonably supervise their children. In this case, the judge is saying that a reasonable parent would have went online and seen if the profile was still up and then would have taken action.
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