Have your parents ever told you not to be friends with somebody? I asked 50 kids that question:

Yes: 32

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No: 18

How much say do parents have in picking their kids' friends? The majority of kids surveyed have had their parents tell them to not be friends with someone, whether it was because they were a bad influence, rude, or they just didn't like the friend's parents. But that didn't mean that they stopped being friends with that person. More than half the kids whose parents told them to not be friends with somebody told me that they disobeyed their parents and were friends with them anyway. They often felt they knew more about their friends than their parents and decided to be friends with them anyway.