March 03, 2010 08:30 ET

Mother's Day Tips for Mums on Facebook by Interflora

LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) - With Mother's Day almost upon us, Interflora – the UK's leading flower delivery network – decided to look at what it's like to be a mum in the age of social networking sites...

With the launch of their new Facebook page, the Interflora blog spoke to parents and children to find out the biggest mistakes a mum can make online – and asked a leading trends consultant to look at how the lives of mothers and their children have changed in an age when both may socialise with mutual friends online.

Gone are the days when the only contact a mother had with her child's friends involved saying 'yes, hang on' before passing the phone over. Now, with the explosion in social networking, mothers and their children are exposed to all sorts of startling information about each other.

As William Higham – social trends consultant and author of 'The Next Big Thing: Spotting & Forecasting Consumer Trends for Profit' – points out it's something we're all going to have to get used to. "Any parent," he says, "who's been the recipient of abuse after walking into their child's room uninvited will know how important a child's privacy is. How annoyed must today's adolescents be?

"Just when they thought they'd found in Facebook a safe place to hide from their parents' enquiring eyes, they discover their parents are on there too! Yes, teens beware - adults are taking over Facebook. Today 40% of all Facebook users are 35 or over. The fastest growing demographic on Facebook today is 40- and 50-somethings: almost half of them now have an active profile.

Top 10 Facebook faux pas to avoid:

Don't stalk your child

It's fine to show an interest in what your son or daughter is up to online. With younger children it's really important for their safety. But if you can repeat a wall exchange they've had with a best friend you know to be a safe contact, then you're taking things too far. 

Never tell them off online

Keep any ranting private – their friends don't need to know they've left the bathroom in a state or have run up a huge phone bill.

Don't flirt with your kid's friends

Yes, we've all heard it's cool to be a cougar, but flirting with your kids' friends is just so wrong.

Swap with 'Don't add your child's friends'

Don't post shaming pictures

No child anywhere on earth wants to see their mother doing anything shaming. They don't want their friends to see it either. So, pictures of you in a sexy slashed-to-the-thigh number, out clubbing or drunk are a real no-no. Also, be aware of any pictures you may be tagged in and remove them from your Facebook account.

To view all of the Top ten facebook faux pas visit the Interflora Blog.

About Interflora

Interflora is the UK's leading flower delivery network, creating bouquets for all occasions, including Mother's Day flowers, get-well messages, anniversaries, birthdays and funerals.

As well as flowers the company also offers hampers, gift chocolates and many other gifts, such as Mother's Day gifts, to send to loved ones. Each bouquet is hand- tied and delivered by Interflora's network of expert florists. With standard, next-day and even same-day delivery, flowers are guaranteed arrive fresh and on time.

For Mother's Day on March 14, next-day delivery is guaranteed up to 2pm on Saturday March 13.

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Contact Information

  • Interflora
    Lyn Davies
    01529 301400