Lawyer: Mom watching net use OK, not impersonation

ARKADELPHIA, AR (AP) - The lawyer for a 16-year-old who filed a complaint against his mother that resulted in a misdemeanor harassment charge says it's OK for parents to monitor a child's internet activities, but impersonation isn't.

The charge against Denise New of Arkadelphia was filed last month, based on an affidavit her son, Lane New, filed with the prosecutor's office. In the complaint, Lane New said his mother "posted things that involve slander and personal facts about my life."

Lane New's lawyer, Travis Berry, told the Arkadelphia Siftings Herald newspaper that "monitoring your child's Facebook is OK." But he said impersonating someone else, posting inappropriate language or disclosing private facts on the site is not OK.

Neither party has said publicly what specific actions by Denise New upset Lane New.

Information from: The Daily Siftings Herald,

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