How Social Media Forever Changed Parenting

Technology and social media permanently altered the way we raised the first generation of children who were already out in the world, long before they left our homes.

Lisa, of Grown and Flown, writes: I became a mother at the dawn of the Internet and watched technology and social media change parenting in ways I could never have imagined.  I got my first email address in the months before my last child was born and thus my family has quite literally grown up in parallel with the World Wide Web.

From Chatrooms to Snapchat, I have navigated parenthood through a maze of social media and technological innovations. Who could I consult with experience of social media and teens?  What did grandparents, pediatricians or even my friends know of this evolving landscape. If I felt that I was constantly making up the rules as I went along, it was because I was.

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Aidan February 18, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Deal with it. Parents faced the same sort of stuff when the car came along ... and the phone ... and tv ... and rock 'n roll. Most aren't idiots. They'll figure it all out.
TTH February 18, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Hard to blame these kids when their parents are just as bad. Posting every moment of their lives on Facebook and Tweeting every time they fart. Just take a look at some of these parents pages.Its pathetic
joshua tanner February 18, 2013 at 05:26 PM
THE main rule is "do not let a kid have a computer in their room alone". That's when they are up all night being tempted to do things they shouldn't. The same goes for a phone. Letting kids have their own phone for use in their own rooms 24/7 just opens the door to endless intrigues. Parents will become mere bystanders to the outside influences that get kids captivated (and often progressively hostile to family)


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