A disgruntled Arkadelphia boy is hitting back at his social media savvy mother after she went through his Facebook and posted things that “involve slander about his personal life”. His preferred method of revenge: litigation. He’s filing charges against her and is requesting a no contact order.
The son cannot be named, but the mother, Denise New, proclaims that she’s within her rights to watch her child and have a conversation with him about his activities.
“You’re within your legal rights to monitor your child and to have a conversation with your child on Facebook whether it’s his account, or your account or whoever’s account. It’s crazy to me that we’re even having this interview,” said Denise. “I read things on his Facebook about how he had gone to Hot Springs one night and was driving 95 m.p.h. home because he was upset with a girl and it was his friend that called me and told me about all this that prompted me to even actually start really going through his Facebook to see what was going on.”
Arkansas’ harassment law is defined as “A person commits the offense if with purpose to harass, annoy or alarm another person without good cause, he engages in conduct or repeatedly commits acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person.”
What’s interesting here is that New and her son had a great relationship, and this really drove them apart, as they’re both going to fight. Denise thinks this may be a precedent-setting moment for mothers who want to get involved in their sons’ and daughters’ lives. Facebook in this case acts as a medium which allows a higher level of visibility into family members’ lives, and brings the issue of how to raise your children squarely into the light.